Large pieces of iridescent glitter
Are being sifted down
Through the woven cap of charcoal and papery clouds.
Dusting a flat, dry pancake.
It's as if a giant
Grabbed the world in its monstrous hand
And shook it with bottomless will,
Until the glitter of the stars
Traced their way down to this earth.
I look down at my paper.
Quarks. To hydrogen, to helium, to carbon,
My eyes find the window.
Somewhere, out there,
A very long time ago
A star exploded.
And its dust held a secret recipe
As I stare out the window,
Of my bio classroom
Just a piece of glitter in comparison
To an all-encompassing universe,
I witness the stars falling down to earth.