Hotter Stars Burn Blue
(from a line by Rebecca Elson Astronomer/poet)
Whether you know it or not,
we are all eating stars
one way or another.
every morning as we lift
the bedroom blind and let the light in
we banish the dark.
Stars are born and die, like us they burn out.
Supernova shards get stuck in our gut,
we constantly eat their dust
they light us from within, reddening as we age
Death is the only cure for life,
darkness to light and darkness again;
then we cluster in galaxies, we will
never reach in our lifetimes.
Infinity is just a long, long, long line forever
lusting after shine.
Copyright © Jean O’Brien 2022