“I Saw a Shooting Star”

“I Saw a Shooting Star”

I saw a shooting star the other night, a nocturnal flaw,
To think on and what it means to me, or someone
Close to me, or for the fleeting moment come
Between the present and some cosmic rune or clause
That satisfies a need to see, a momentary lifting, yes, eyes
Fixed heavenward in a world so earthbound
Whose limpid days fly by with nothing found
So easily as the press between the mercury’s lies
And all that we despise and back again, a thread,
A brisk and tightened cord spun from this end of hell to that                                  With pleasures so easily abandoned, actions flat
Against a wind so wholly contrived that pleases dread,
And leaves sustained even the velvets of remorse so very close to bored;
And as I paused, I smiled, and hoped for nothing more.

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