There are two trillion galaxies in the observable universe.
Here I am, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy.
There are thousands of poems that tell me that I am made of stardust.
They write that I am made from the diamonds set into the soft velvet black of the night sky.
That these gentle, shimmering things live in me.
Here I am, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy but I am not made of those kinds of stars.
I do not twinkle but rage,
ancient, almost immortal,
hungry worlds unto their own that light up the proverbial darkness that was and will be.
I do not glow but am set aflame.
A trillion safety flares into an unfeeling universe to warn everything that lives that
I am here,
breathing and burning.
From ashes to ashes I will become the girl I am from the graves of these long dead celestial gods.
Here I am in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy but I am not made of those kinds of stars.