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(2082) In Spite of Everything, the Stars - Hirsch

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  • Sam
    In Spite of Everything, the Stars Like a stunned piano, like a bucket of fresh milk flung into the air or a dozen fists of confetti thrown hard at a bride
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      In Spite of Everything, the Stars

      Like a stunned piano, like a bucket
      of fresh milk flung into the air
      or a dozen fists of confetti
      thrown hard at a bride
      stepping down from the altar,
      the stars surprise the sky.
      Think of dazed stones
      floating overhead, or an ocean
      of starfish hung up to dry. Yes,
      like a conductor's expectant arm
      about to lift toward the chorus,
      or a juggler's plates defying gravity,
      or a hundred fastballs fired at once
      and freezing in midair, the stars
      startle the sky over the city.

      And that's why drunks leaning up
      against abandoned buildings, women
      hurrying home on deserted side streets,
      policemen turning blind corners, and
      even thieves stepping from alleys
      all stare up at once. Why else do
      sleepwalkers move toward the windows,
      or old men drag flimsy lawn chairs
      onto fire escapes, or hardened criminals
      press sad foreheads to steel bars?
      Because the night is alive with lamps!
      That's why in dark houses all over the city
      dreams stir in the pillows, a million
      plumes of breath rise into the sky.

      - Edward Hirsch
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