Star Jellies · Meadowedge Pond

Star Jelly

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by Cameron Gorman

then the meteors came, and they left us.

we fell down from some bright place, blanketed
the grass, the branches, the thing we called sleep.

nobody knows how we eat sunbeams,
where we go when the rain stops.
they call us remains. they call us earth-star.

they have tried to name us. we were uligo,
which meant fat from the earth,
a star which has fallen.

we remember the atmosphere, its dizzy wash
of blue-beams. the streaming before we were
star-slubber, star-slough, caca de luna.

we remember fire, the heat close to heaven.
the coldness that could not touch us.

the showers came, and they carried us down,
and we became your star-shot, and we became
translucent, which means allowing some light
to pass through.

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