Cosmic Nostalgia

A Poem About Brokeness

This poem was inspired by a quote from one of my favorite books. In the novel “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson (highly recommend that book, by the way) one of the characters states- “It’s okay to be addicted to beauty”. This really resonated with me, because it’s true on so many levels. Even if we’re often afraid to admit it.

We are born into a broken world even when we don’t notice it.

For the first few years of out life,

we wander aimlessly in oblivion.

Dreaming of nothing.

Dreaming of everything.

Then and there we are creating a memory of a world unbroken.

And then one day it gets shattered.

We’re left with pieces of what once was.

Even though it’s gone, we can never shake the memory of something better.

Of something whole.

We’re haunted by that feeling.

That nostalgic feeling of epic proportions.

It’s cosmic nostalgia.

It’s like our memories are stars that look so close, but disappear when you reach out to grab them.

And whether we’re willing to admit it or not, that cosmic nostalgia is what drives our existence.

We’re always searching for the pieces to complete our world unbroken.

We’ll do anything for them.

And I believe we’ll all find them one day.

At least I hope so.

And we’ll do the best we can,

to put the world back together.

Piece by piece.


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Written by Deanna Whitlow

An internet enthusiast and book hoarder, Deanna is a passionate intersectional feminist who's always either writing or watching a movie. You'll find her with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other.