Wishing Star

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
May/June 2011

By Hayden Brame

My favorite part
Of staying the night
Was after
The “fun” stuff
It was bundling up
And going outside
Staring into the deep black sky
Finding the perfect star
And making a wish

After hearing
The fatal news
I went outside
Stars magnified with tears
And wishing
For time
Just one more year
After a second
I took it back
In your eyes
Was hidden agony
And I couldn’t prolong it
My tears
Soaked the sky
As I pondered the end

When I heard the news
I wasn’t as shocked
As I should’ve been
Instead
I imagined you hearing
My plea

And trying to hold on
Just a little more time
For your favorite

I imagined you
Peace etched on your face
As you sense the change
And take your final breath

In the never-ending sky
There is one more
Wishing star

Wishing Star Hayden Brame

Hayden Brame, 13
Chehalis, Washington

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