she is a fast burning star,
collapsing into its gravity,
a meteor consumed by the fire of escaping itself.
the dust of her hangs suspended, flecks of light
long split flash
particles refracting lifetimes never fully formed.
if only you stayed, if only you stayed still
for a moment just one
in eternity to settle into what is,
but that too is a lie:
carbon in motion / battles of cells /
electrons that orbit under static-seeming skin
above in the night Halley is a frozen smear
but already it is
light years ahead of its tail.