“The Stargazer” by Yakov Azriel

A galaxy of stars once filled my sky:
bright stars of Honesty. Fidelity.
Integrity. For I believed that she
and I could make our marriage work, that I
would be a husband she could trust; no lie
would ever cross my lips, I thought. Till he
arrived, demolishing my galaxy —
each night a few more stars explode and die.

When dusk descends, I yearn for him, not her,
my fingers long to stroke his body, slim
and sinewy, as hard as rock. How far
away the heavens are. The stars first blur,
then burst and disappear. I yearn for him,
not her; the sky grows blacker, star by star.


Yakov Azriel was born in New York and came to live in Israel at the age of 21. He has published four full-length books of poetry in the US (all published by Time Being Books).  A fifth book of poems, entitled: Closet Sonnets: The Life of G. S. Crown (1950-1975), will be published by Sheep Meadow Press in the autumn of 2017.  Over 300 of his poems have been published in journals and magazines in the US, the UK, Israel and online.  In addition, his poems have won twenty-four prizes in international poetry competitions. He has seven children.  Only very recently has he emerged from his closet.