How Stars Appear


Made from hope and fists balled tight
the secret handshake of manhood and mistrust fell heavy,
It anchored his identity and moved him through the seas of poverty
And like how stars just appear,
He became fight, hostility, crime
No longer a casualty to life’s turbulence
but instead, a creation of his own bad decisions
Reprieve met him at the tip of the needle
And like how stars just appear,
He became recklessness, loss, detachment
His chipped shoulder and heartbeat made of hot stones
Melt his ambition and push me towards the shore
But I always come back
And like how stars just appear,
He became intrigue, passion, something more
I’m his safe haven made up of the moments he slept through,
Playing hide and seek with the parts of him that his track marks held hostage
He can see my hope while I watch his war
And every time he looks at me, I can see everything that’s beautiful

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