Stars, the stuff we’re made of

What happens
when a star falls?

that can’t be right

stars don’t fall
they are born

when a nebula collapses
and traces of hydrogen and helium
condenses to the point where
no other elements
gain permission to enter this romance

and the molecules spin
colliding
causing chain reactions
until one moment

a gravitational pull
that allows it to rise out of
the chaos
born from a meteor shower
luminescent heavenly bodies

At one point
a star dies

when the marriage of hydrogen and helium disintegrates
hydrogen packs up everything it owns
and leaves the cluster that
helium and it has called home

helium throws parties
inviting in all elements
and matter
tying to fill the void
that hydrogen left behind

until helium just can’t stand anymore

gravity pulls
because helium let in too much
degenerative matter
that rotted helium
from its very core

until it one day
in the distant eons

poof

This was no ordinary poof
this was a controlled explosion
other systems looked on
as helium
marched over to the center of
its local nebula
and decided to poof so loudly

in a vibrant
colorfully
agonizing

display that sent shockwaves
felt throughout all of time
in the hopes that wherever
hydrogen was
it would hear helium’s plea

“Come back Helium”

dashing across universes
skating across starways both milky
and bleak

hydrogen walked into the mess
the torment
helium was causing itself

hydrogen entered that nebula
discharged all other elements
took helium’s hand

“I forgive you”

So don’t tell me that stars
fall
you’re talking about particles
debris
and comets

not the magnificent matter
that you and I
all life is made up of
because we fall

when our elements want a divorce
we fall
but force a resolution so that
we can get back up

We never witness
what we try to emulate fall
because if we saw that
would they be called stars anymore?

Author:

Twenties Educator Brooklyn Born & Raised

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