We’re assassinating the stars with our eyes
these celestial bodies are disintegrating into ashes
as seven billion sets of eyes draw awe from them
like if you take my photo you steal my soul
simply by seeing we are absorbing
we are our environment
we see the world that surrounds us
in our mind’s eye
if we close our eyes
we can still see
if we close our minds
we can see nothing
even with eyes open wide
but, what can we do to save the stars?
Should we agree to never look at them again?
Let all the space travel
all doodling in constellations
be done in the frontier of our minds
where we can have breakfast on Mars, lunch in a Starbucks in Uranus and supper in the fourth dimension
and be back in time to sleep cozy in our beds
eyes shut tight
below the moon’s glow
with the stars safe within us.