‘Keeping the Stars’, Anna Sykora

Illustrations © 2016 Carmen Moran


 [ Stars, © 2016 Carmen Moran ] after we marred the night
with arrays of light
gas incandescent
mercury vapor
or cooler LEDs

after we chased away
dark’s last lovely
lingerings
for the sake of
efficiency gains

we felt so lonely
without the stars
ancestors wished on
or dreamed to conquer

we project them
onto the dome
of a special purpose
chamber

we call our children
Orion or Andromeda
to never forget

what shines
beyond the perimeter
of the permalight


© 2016, Anna Sykora

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