An Ode to a Bittersweet Moment of Fading Beauty and Impermanence
written by: Debra Black
a shooting star
shadow dancing with death,
crystal splintering whiteness,
white, white, whiteness of white -lightness of light-
cracking open the sky.
longing and devotion to the impermanent,
the beauty of it all.
the passage of fleet-footed time;
the emptiness and potential;
of everything and nothing.
all written in stardust
on the black, black, black,
blackness of the nightly sky.
the coming and going of all things.
the seen and the unseen.
Debra Black is an award-winning former reporter and feature writer with the Toronto Star. Her most recent poetry has been published by Word City Literary Journal and Queen's Mob Teahouse. In collaboration with a Toronto visual artist, she published in 2021 A Call and Response: Words and Images, which was inspired by the pandemic. She is currently working on a retrospective book of poetry - entitled Love, Lust, Existence and other Ephemeral Things - which she hopes will be published this fall.