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Substitute Stars

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Our little fights
in the back of class
and the essays delivered
on paper airplanes
should be enough to note
that the notes we pass
were nothing more than
tantrums for the substitute
teacher to know that
we needed to be taught.

I wanted to learn how
shooting stars burn out
like the scented candles
you love and why
the northern lights
are invisible even on these
dark nights where I
lay awake, dreaming.

Would you explain to me
all the ways you are
inside, outside, upside
down to earth and into
all the little things
like ambient light.

And I will tell you why
the shipyards and their
miles of halogen globes
remind me of the stars
that we cannot see for
all the urban radiance.

The city makes up for
all its shortcomings,
the rippled reflections
of light on the bay
and the lulling of boats
in the harbor.

And I wonder if I could
wish on these lights,
to dream in that gentle slap
of waves, white noise
to envelop me and chase
you into dreams where
maybe I'll find an answer
if I knew the question.
Musing on ambient light and personal fights, on stars and dreams and wishes. In a roundabout way, I am starting to find my way back to you.

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Bambushka's avatar
I wanted to learn how
shooting stars burn out
like the scented candles
you love and why
the northern lights
are invisible even on these
dark nights where I
lay awake, dreaming.

This is my favorite part of this poem. When I read this, this is what I think: The whole universe if full of stars, some stay bright while others fade and burn, some just disappear while others leave a trail behind them. Even though the lights burn out you can still see a glow from where they once were. Relationships are the same way. They have a way of lingering, bad or good and in a way you are changed forever. Very thought provoking. :clap:
KarmaGhost's avatar
The more distant the star, the longer its light takes to fade. Factor in apparent magnitude, and that distant star can be so bright. Always at a distance, but so brilliant.

[In other words, I wish they would just fade away.]