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o f   t h e   M o o n   a n d   t h e   S t a r s



1993



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repeating patterns of glossy memories



of wings beating against a living membrane



where a narrow beam of connecting thoughts



takes you beyond the moon and the stars



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count the miles of troubles now gone by



and empty shells surrounding circus pictures



where tension and grief pushes out tomorrow



see distant lands through the fire in your eyes



becoming dust that escapes between fingers



to mingle with the world below



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boxes within boxes


leads to debts one must pay



ashes fallen ashes


covers all hope in a silent way



shadows marching shadows


leads the fallen into gray



crying endless crying


marks eternity for those who pray




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the shutters slowly open


grimy windows cringe at the light



sickly hands part the curtains


dark shadows escape back into night



an eyeless face beckons you closer


pictures of scurrying shapes taking flight



the evil smell overwhelms your senses


be quick to rise and escape in fright



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red waters churning beneath a colorless sky


brings forth these thoughts that are burning



a light that quenches


reflects past life's corners


and brings forward


these shadowy dreams


of what we fear



standing in the kaleidoscope


looking past the precipice


absorbed by soft fog


melting to the center


where god is so near



face the eternal puzzle


interlocking strands of confinement


riotous fusion of blazing suns


collapsing galaxy of sadness


I find myself in your last tear



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a young girl sits


alone at a table



discovering that


she's inherited the world



leaving behind


the carefree child




she makes a vow


without even knowing



and sets in her life


a spark that continues



to expand and to grow


into the flame of today



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copyright Patrick O'Neil


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