Greg Hittelman Dimming Star Once-bright star, only now are we as you are steadfast Now in always

-twilight, or in day/night And we watch, with aching lids apart, Like ragged, poisoned hermits, The toxic waters at their futile work Of failed ablution round human shores, Or gaze dumbly on the soft-fallen murk Of acid snow upon walls and floors No yet still steadfast, but fading fast, Billions lying fetal upon their timezone s rotting breast, Memorize the final seasons, fall and fell, It s gone forever, a bounty sold, unblessed, Still, still to hear the nightingale s last choking breath, Nothing lives forever join now in death.

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