Stars in Vienna

They say that Vienna’s sky is brighter at night

Because the daily birth and death of stars

are seen only in its hours of darkness

I know that this is why you contain them in your arms

Because only you loved the stars

enough to see glory in their explosions and births

 

She saw magic in mimes

So she’d paint the tip of her lashes white

to own the power of silence, occasionally

 

You liked mimes too

Because the world seemed so silent

when you were around her

 

It is unfortunate;

You are on your rocking chair now

And you realize that

It was not only her that you let slip away

But the million stars above you

 

© 2013 ALIA SULTAN

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