Chrissy Williams is a poet and editor living in London and is director of the Poetry Book Fair. She is the author of five poetry pamphlets. Flying into the Bear (HappenStance Press, 2013) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards and Epigraphs (if p then q, 2014) was featured on BBC Radio 3 earlier this year. She also runs an informal poetry and comics workshop in southeast London and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
tin can odyssey
for @Cmdr_Hadfield who posted his version of ‘Space Oddity’ online the day before returning to Earth from the International Space Station
It’s not just because it’s good.
It’s the fact of it. That view.
The fact that it exists as a view and he exists to show it to us.
I woke up to it that morning, stared at the Earth on fullscreen, head still on my pillow, watching the human music, lit continents, all our revolutions from above.
I don’t need a god looking down,
but the feeling that anyone could exist
in the black beyond the blue,
in the black behind the veil of daylight— I found that view reassuring,
as if we finally, really, knew
it wasn’t just empty space.