Chaotic Inspiration

A photograph,
miraculously taken of a star’s birth,
taken just when that star ripped itself
from
absolute chaos
(near the constellation of Sagittarius,
my birth sign)

an undeniable thrill,
this sign –
a star born at my sign

Scientists become poets,
(a rich and powerful dichotomy)
describing a supernova
explosion
as
red-glowing high-energy starlight
chaos

The new star
as
striking interstellar dust filaments
energetic processes
and lace

Spectacular creation from
reckless chaos,
a piece of heaven
captured in starlight,
restrained and magic fighting
to escape
confined and passion
within.

One entity within
that star,
strikingly interstellar.
(Its light takes 3000
years to reach us.)
Never fading within
our sky.

That new star,
midwifed by my own heart’s
chaos.
See its light made free from
wreckage made 3000 years
ago.
Strangely shining from its
own birth – when past meets future
in a universe’s endless timeline.

Spin wildly,
my star.

C. Streetlights

As a child, C. Streetlights listened to birds pecking at her rooftop, but instead of fearing them, was convinced they would set her free and she’d someday see the stars. Southern California sunshine never gave C. Streetlights the blonde hair or blue eyes she needed to fit in with her high school’s beach girls, her inability to smell like teen spirit kept her from the grunge movement, and she wasn’t peppy enough to cheer. She ebbed and flowed with the tide, not a misfit but not exactly fitting in, either. Streetlights grew up, as people do, earned a few degrees and became a teacher. She spent her days discussing topics like essay writing, Romeo and Juliet, the difference between a paragraph and a sentence, and for God’s sake, please stop eating the glue sticks. She has met many fools, but admires Don Quixote most because he taught her that it didn’t matter that the dragon turned out to be a windmill. What mattered was that he chose to fight the dragon in the first place. Streetlights now lives in the mountains with a husband, two miracle children, and a dog who eats Kleenex. She retired from teaching so she can raise her children to pick up their underwear from the bathroom floor, to write, and to slay windmills and dragons. She is happy to report that she can finally see the stars.

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