by Chris Biles
It’s when you walk out at midnight
wide awake because you need to pee
only to stop with a new urgency
to stand tall, tilt your head back
and take in all of the stars.
Just as you’re about to give in
as your leg begins to twitch
with your original purpose,
just as you start to look away,
you see the start of something
that catches your breath
– in a new way.
Stop and stare again
because there above is a pin prick
shooting its solemn way
from one horizon to the other,
making a journey that lasts only
two seconds, but seems
to have the longest of lives
as it seeps into your consciousness
and makes you forget everything
besides the wonder and majesty
of the possibilities that lie
waiting for you in the stars.
But what really makes you smile,
what grounds you once again,
is when you realize your neighbor
stands outside too, looking up
with his mouth slightly open
just like you.