Cerro Tololo Inter-American ObservatoryStars are bright periods
In sentences of movement
Co-authored by watching eyes
And travelling light.

Eyes and light and dark
Birth tale and reader
In the immense story-hall:

Dots at the other end
Of perception, hold
Strands of light, life-lines
Upon the ocean of oceans,

In which float
Their own stories—
Single letters or periods
In the galactic library, bound up
Somewhere in a sub-library
Covering conscious life.

Copyright © 2009, John Colvin

Image Credit: Guille Damke, some rights reserved

John Colvin lives and works in Boise, Idaho. His work appears online in this year's Boise Weekly Fiction 101 and in the June, September, and November editions of Four and Twenty.