Love in the Universe

By: Claudia Wysocky

Love is a fissure in the universe;

It eats at the fabric that holds the parts

In any form together. It shatters them in two.

It is a Peculiar Sin, what destroys.

The love said to be true is found in our own fear of ourselves,

Which uses us up and empties out our worlds.

Things are not at all how they appear,

and where were we before we were?

Love and Death—a pair of strange and dazzling lights.

Tho' we have split, none but my eyes see it—

For if we once were one, must each be dead.

An unparalleled, brand new chemistry that

reaches out from the night and clings upon me,

And as long as I am here, I feel it say—

Return to me. Return to me.

I am not entirely, yet consumed by you.

I have survived you, have escaped you—


Claudia Wysocky, a Polish poet based in New York, is known for her ability to capture the beauty of life through rich descriptions in her writing. She firmly believes that art has the potential to inspire positive change. With over five years of experience in fiction writing, Claudia has had her poems published in local newspapers and magazines. For her, writing is an endless journey and a powerful source of motivation.

Reflective Engagement:

This poem's exploration of love as both a destructive and a redemptive force offers a profound lens through which to examine our own experiences. Consider these questions as a guide for introspection and connection with the poem's deeper themes:

  1. Examining the Nature of Love and Self: How does the concept of love as a "fissure in the universe" resonate with your own experiences of love's capacity to both create and destroy? Reflect on moments when love has radically transformed your understanding of yourself and your place in the world.
  2. Contemplating Love's Dualities: The poem suggests that true love is found in our fear of ourselves, leading to both loss and discovery. How do you navigate the balance between love's consuming nature and the quest for self-preservation and growth?
  3. Reflection on Existential Journeys: "Where were we before we were?" prompts us to think about our identities before and after profound emotional experiences. How has love influenced your journey towards understanding your own existence and the connections that define it?
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