National Poetry Month Day 1: “Cartography” by Kate Berner ’12

Cartography

At the end, we looked for

some semblance of the bleak,

version of the darkest place on earth.

Looked not for a foothold,

but a misstep,

we hoped to flinch

in an enclave of nighttide.

There, we left our beacons,

made ephemeral lighthouses

for no one on the edge

of the darkest commonwealth.

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Kate Berner will graduate from Bucknell this May with a B.A. in English. “Cartography” is the last poem of her honors thesis, which she is finishing up this week. Congrats, Kate!

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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Month Day 1: “Cartography” by Kate Berner ’12

  1. First of all, cartography is one of those words that looks and feels wonderful to me and fits so well as a title. Also, I love the image of “ephemeral lighthouses” and the line about “look[ing] not for a foothold/ but a misstep.” Reading this and knowing it is the last poem, I want to be able to read all of the ones that come before it. Congratulations on finishing your thesis! šŸ™‚

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