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Null Point

The first thing I learned was to look wide

at the darkness

and not want anything. He’d say, Just look

at the darkness

and tell me what you see. I’d say, I see stars or

Just the stars, Dad.

And he’d say, Don’t call them that yet. What do you see?

Just the stars, Dad.

But then I’d be quiet and let my eyes go and look wide

at the darkness.

It was like a dome. I think it frightened me to stare

at the darkness.

I see light. I see a million little lights. And he’d say

They aren’t all stars.

Some were planets and some were planes and I’d say, Yeah,

they aren’t all stars.

But not really believe it. But say it so not to feel stupid out there

in the darkness.

from Rocket FantasticFind it in the library

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Published in Gabrielle Calvocoressi Poems

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