i once knew a girlMature

I once knew a girl with eyes that shone
like Venus on a clear night
and the sound of her voice
made crickets quiet down to listen.

But she was a flighty bird,
a burning-out star trapped
in our atmosphere, screaming
and dying to get out, to breathe in

space dust and toy with vortexes
and we were all too selfish
to recognize the gradual fading
of her lightness of being

and when I found her floating
face down in the lake, I knew
it was my fault and our fault
and that it was the price we paid

for trying to transplant constellations.

The End

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