You are the Stars

You are the stars.

You are not like the stars

in that you shine bright,

are made of helium,

or are so distant.

You are the stars

because stars become ideas

when we gaze upon them.

We make wishes when they fall

and we count them when we’re sad.

They are not, to us, just balls of gas

or atmospheric danger zones.

They are not, to the normal child,

freaks of nature or larger than the sun.

It is the idea of them that makes them so.

It is our projections onto the stars

that make them shine brighter than they are.

So you, darling, are the stars.

To me, you are everything I ever wished for,

and you are everything that seems impossible.

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