Migraine | Alicia Sometimes

after Blue, Orange, Red, 1961, Mark Rothko


Each planet moves around the sun 

in curves—foreshortened circles—an ellipse 

an iridescent trail saturating my skyline


this ramble of red smudging the night

this baritone of blue penetrating the edges

orange submitting and grounding everything  


Rothko assembling a window into my head


Each frame an amplitude of oscillations

an imagined Moiré pattern shimmering

as the contours of each brushstroke fracture


Here—time is unravelled in many sequences

scintillations smearing my eyes for the day

subharmonic voices simmer and clamber on


In this undaunted proliferate composition

I’m searching everywhere for a balustrade 

needing to calm myself and close down


resonating hues are piercing—thought

and conversations arrive in reverse order:

in the darkness nebula and comets meld


My words—barely hanging in the air








Alicia Sometimes is a writer and broadcaster. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review and more. She is director and co-writer of the science-poetry planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave. Her 2019 TedxUQ talk was about the passion of combining art with science. www.aliciasometimes.com

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