For every mother who is missing a piece of her heart

A Peculiar Star by Kim Cline  

excerpt from Love’s Indefatigable Aptness and The Monatomic Solid

Dedicated to precious Mark … you left this universe far too soon

He was a peculiar star

Appearing in the midst of a different equation

His luminous spectra should have been as normal as the others

Yet, his increasing power of wonderment elevated and propelled him farther — higher

Moving outside the ordinary into the eruptive variable

Revealing a greater level of rarity

Brilliant flares projected his brightness to an incalculable distance

Dispelling darkness along his path- if only briefly

For the rare cannot remain long in the midst of the ordinary–

their beautiful displays of churning death revealed with a vibrant luminosity

The eventual implosion spiraling upward, outward –

fusing, blending, dispersing new life into the stellar remnant

He knew the distance of his travel would be brilliantly short

He did not complain in the knowing

I have seen him floating in the distant Magellanic Stream

And appearing at the side of the universal Power

The light echo of his persona still pulsates within our hearts

His brightness still piercing our thoughts –

Energy fading as a distant star after a magnificent, explosive show

We continue to remember as we degenerate, oscillate–

throughout the remaining timeline of our ordinary projection