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Static Night

The Paradox

By sleepy draftsPublished 11 days ago 1 min read
photo taken by sleepy drafts

Streetlights buzz like Van Gogh's stars

as cars create grey tidal waves along sidewalks

and imitate the wind.


At night,

I watch videos online:


GoPro footage captured

from the dashboard of a van

driving from

Brownsville to Austin, Texas

while thunderstorms

crash around the vehicle;


fake livestreams of fake rain

as it falls over an artificial cabin

in a CGI forest;


sounds of ASMR rivers

as they pass through my room,


from my bedside table.


I don't acknowledge

"the ache."


I close my eyes

and listen to a car drive

through Texas,

as I hug myself

on a bed in Canada.


On Google Maps,

I look at pictures of

"trails near me,"

and everything feels

both too far away,

and much too close.


Forests with neatly carved out

hiking trails,

tucked in cul-de-sacs

of suburban towns,

or sparse trees leaning

along main roads

as they lead

to glass malls.


Leftover nature.


Crop circles

filled with cement

and plywood boxes.


And when I stare at them

for too long,

Van Gogh's stars

begin to look like


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About the Creator

sleepy drafts

a sleepy 26-year-old named em :)

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  • Carminum4 days ago

    Precise, evocative, caparisoned by concrete imagery, and lent depth by its message. "Leftover nature," while a tragedy in reality, is a felicity in language.

  • Rachel Rose5 days ago

    Love the full circle.

  • Baris Ovali6 days ago

    Very lovely. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Paul Stewart7 days ago

    Oh man, this is awesome. Such vivid descriptions and perfect choice of words. Sublime and definitely deserving of Top Story!

  • "Leftover nature." You found the most accurate words! Ugh, so good!

  • Pryor Da costa8 days ago

    Great story.

  • Powerful description of the abstractification of nature.

  • solitudescribe9 days ago

    As nyctophile , I love this work ❤️ keep doing more & congrats !

  • Faith Lovell10 days ago

    Lovely poem ❤️ will be subscribing to hear more for sure :)

  • The Light Keeper10 days ago


  • Congratulations 🎉 Also I Enjoyed the Read ❤️💯😉🎯

  • Sukuna11 days ago

    Wow , nice you made my day

  • Dana Stewart11 days ago

    Congratulations on well deserved Top Story! ❤️

  • Gina C.11 days ago

    This is so gorgeous, Em. There is so much here and so much depth. You open up a new world of poetry to me that I need to dabble more in. Love it, love it, love it!

  • Lamar Wiggins11 days ago

    I love the compelling imagery and energy of this piece. And love, love, love the photo. Congrats!

  • K. Zachary11 days ago

    I’m beginning to think I’m more of a short story writer and not an author. Your words like coffee to my morning. Congratulations!

  • Brenton F11 days ago

    "A meal and a show" - damn fine work - well done!

  • Cathy holmes11 days ago

    I'm so glad they made this a top story. It's so well deserved.

  • Em Starrrrr11 days ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Keila Aartila11 days ago

    A fascinating concept and an intriguing idea that seems so confusing and overwhelming to the brain, but beautiful work. I love it!

  • This is too much for my brain, soothing me yet also reminding me of that “ache”

  • Congratulations on your Top Story ❤️

  • "Leftover nature". That line reached through the screen and slapped me, very powerful!

  • Van Gogh’s stars ⭐️ magical and magnificent

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