Still starlight

“In truth each day is a universe in which we are tangled in the light of stars.”- Horses, Jim Harrison

The fragrance of stars can jump
through a window
with a gust of snow like a comet’s tail

I ask her to keep the curtains shut
if the neighbors are home

She says the house is haunted
when she gets to the end of a book

I open a window to let the ghosts out
but she says
they’re good houseguests & never leave
a mess

She doesn’t wear perfume & the night
smells of stardust

Tonight the universe fits inside this room
starlight sneaks in


© 2022 | Phillip Knight Scott

Written for dVerse Poetics: Songs of Unreason

Written for Shay’s Word Garden Word List #10 (Wallace Stevens) : book, fragrance, haunted, snow

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 12 years and 5-year-old son. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

23 thoughts on “Still starlight

  1. I like your foreshadowing with the first line. Then how you show each of them as separate, then how each willing draws closer, and by the end they are one stardust. Beautiful how you did that.

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