Starless by Sandra Lyon Kramer

What do I want?

Is that what you asked?

When my whole world

Is an infinity

Of black,

And starless lonely.

What is the purpose of wanting

When nothing will be fulfilled?

What is the purpose of sleeping

When on by one

My dreams are killed?

Black and old.

Starless and cold.

And I need someone to hold


And hold me

Until I can hope again.

© Sandra Lyon Kramer

Excerpt from the book The Only Words my Soul Knows

Sandra Kramer

About the Author

Sandra Lyon Kramer is a poet, artist, and political blogger. Her first published work was an essay that appeared in the “My Turn” column of the Los Angeles Daily News in June of 1992. The following year she won The National Author’s Registry President’s Award for Literary Excellence for “Starless” and was recognized by the International Society of Poets as a Poet of Merit.

Sandra is the former owner of two free-press publications, The Anti-Press and the Reality Press, and was a contributor to the Daily News, the Daily Journal, and Antelope Valley Focus Magazine.  She now operates Tiny House Productions in the Los Angeles area and is a frequent participant in open mic events at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural in Sylmar, California.

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