this starless sky

by Jason Alan

her wet eyes gave no shelter

and the wind found no purchase

in my hollow heart.

the shadows were melting

when lightning struck

tearing them apart.

and she broke into tears


each one chasing the next

in a desperate race


the willows wept

as a metronomic sorrow

swept over those melancholy moons.

embracing all the creatures

that have ever flown

this starless sky