Stars in the Sky

We have done this often enough-

plucked a star from some distant sky,

holding  it close and dark in our fist,

then cautiously open palmed, mouthed a big ‘O’ to blow hard,

coaxed it aglow, as though an ember;

and watched, in dismay the crumbling soot,

or ouch, in quick panic let go the rock burning our hands.

We have done this too often

even for us.

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