Another illustration from that fund of inspiration ‘The Story of the Sun, the Moon and the Stars’.
Together we watched in the night
The trailing light
A comet’s tail
Dark midnight trail.
I made a wish my lips tight sealed
My eyes revealed
The hopes and fears
For coming years.
I didn’t ask, but you wished too
Away you flew
Left me behind.
Star fate’s unkind.
This day dawns, so like to all that have come before,
The sun rises in the east as it has ever done
Since the first notes of the song of earth’s creation thrummed
And the bright threads that make its beauty were first spun.
So many years that you have watched with me
Our time together such a little thing
A mere blink of the great celestial eye,
Brief fluttering of an ephemeral wing
In the ticking of the universal clock.
Yet when you take my hand and look into my heart
To offer me all that you have left to give,
I would not exchange my one hot breath of the pulsing earth,
These microscopic years that we have yet to live,
My life, my shooting star, my comet-tailed love,
For aeons of floating in the pure, cold light of the stars.