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Path of Totality by Niina Pollari

Path of Totality

by Niina Pollari

(published in her 2022 book, Path of Totality, by Soft Skull Press)


Something set you into motion. A chain of events. Rain

falling into a series of cups on a chain, then into a small yard

where a small ecosystem drinks it.


Something set you into motion. The love I felt for your father

when we drive past the mountain house and snapped a few

blurred pictures. We talked about the house the whole drive

back to New York. The house, a few weeks later, belonged to

us. Its dusty corners, its mice in the refrigerator motor.


Something set you into motion. When we signed the docu-

ments, we were in the path of totality. To you, to ourselves

after we had known you.


From the day of the eclipse, I began, though you wouldn't

form in me for months. But I pledged you my fat and the

eyebrows from my face.


On the day of the eclipse, we watched the sky until a hole

formed in it and absorbed us. We watched the sky until

there was a navel in the universe, and I traveled through

it like a nutrient into your veins. Small vessels formed be-

tween us. A web formed, drops gleaming on it from my

intent. Your fingers, still ghostly, broke the surface tension

when they reached from the ether to touch it.





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