faded (the stars away)

Who are those hooded hordes swarming
Over endless plains

~

I ate the moon
last night

right down
to the rind

then skimmed
a star
on fire
across the sky

later
it was the stars
themselves

eaten by
the eastern sky

one
by one
it claimed them

a wave of light
snuffing out
the night time

and yet . . .

and yet
there was no
violence

no celestial spillage
of the ichor

but still
they died
those spectral birds
winked
from the sky
by a brighter tide

and I never knew
their names

they were . . .

acquaintances

no
friends

they were friends
passing by
on the same road
every night

and last night –
this dawning –
I watched them
fade
to day

~

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