Paper Lanterns

In the school conservatory, the sunlit lanterns stood
Upright, along the window sill, dry and bone white
Each one cut from the same, yet none identical

Little hands put, cut, pressed and folded
Little hands grabbed and dragged lumpy glue

Flakes of sequin, shaped like moon and star
Pinched between finger and thumb

Sprinkle and place, push and sink
Into pale translucent icing

Ruby stars, sapphire moons, golden misted And silver dusted, encrusted

Carry them high and shedding a fine path To the great hall for the now season

Leave them for days until it
Doesn’t feel bad to throw them away.

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