The eternal brightness of a star in the firmament (a poem)

A modest tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died this morning.

Now she has withdrawn

She has stepped outside the circle
into that space beyond the stage

What used to be expressed
in revolutions
now resides in orbits
and stardust

as music of the spheres

We look up at the stars
holding our breath

(16 August 2018)



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