Obituary for a Star

by Christine Emmert

Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia AIndeed we never knew you lived
until years beyond your passing
when your light winked out

in our sky of history.
Single stillness
in a roar of universal noise.

Kissing our hands,
waving to you
through death itself
to find your pulse
awake when ours was still sleeping.

Copyright © 2005, Christine Emmert

Christine Emmert is a published playwright and poet living in Pennsylvania with her husband, Richard. Her novel, Ismene, is due out in early 2006. She takes the heavens seriously in her writing and her life.

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Image of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A courtesy of NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)