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Falling Stars

I am a falling star, burning up in the ionosphere,
all of my many lives
flashing through my mind at once -
not experienced in a linear sequence,
but opening up in an all-encompassing bloom.
Time blossoms.

A million years ago,
I shared the apple,
hypnotized by the seeds
connecting into a pentacle;
a star shining in the fruit's pulpy flesh.

I am a falling star, burning up in the stratosphere,
on a collision course
defined by fate or destiny.
Please make a wish upon me,
so that my life wasn't lived in vain -
the fear of an insignificant life,
without a solid meaning to its end.

With juice sluicing down my chin,
I knew the consequences
of nearly all my actions.
Naivety turned into shame,
pushed me up, high into the sky,
a trade-off for my stubborn rebellions -
I was able to touch the heavens,
only to brace myself
against the steep ride back down.

I am a shooting star, disintegrating in the atmosphere.
Please make a wish upon me,
before I become too small to see.
Please make a wish upon me,
and benefit from my final breath,
so that I do not completely disappear
with this all-consuming fear,
of an end, lacking solid meaning.

Starlight/ Shooting star so bright,
falling star, you see burning up in fright,
I wish you may, I wish you might,
have the wish, you wish for, tonight.

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  1. Date: 2/20/2014 6:46:00 AM

    I love the introduction of the falling star. taking it to the top with time. perfect poem. I wonder what kind of joy goes through your mind when writing like this. I said like this, in a way i feel you want to please the poets, and step out of your box. And Kaboom! a masterpiece. Skat

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 1:50:00 PM

    I will always wish upon a star for you... <3

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 8:50:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry X3 making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Chris. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 4:33:00 AM

    Congrats luv on having three poems chosen in first round in P.S. contest.. way to go luv.. only one of mine was chosen but its one I wrote for my Mother upon her death so its very special to me..luv..

  1. Date: 10/1/2010 7:32:00 PM

    hey again-- Wow--however did I miss this beauty?? Thanks to Harry I saw this gem--really like this one Chris-- amazing perspective from a "falling" star-- very unique (umm oops? I just read Carrie's comments and haha it sure looks like I am plagiarizing her)--anyhow this goes to my faves--& read your comments in my poems-- I think I missed you by about 5 mins I was literally falling asleep but yup-- I think I should post a friendly reminder for my contest ;)--congrats on being featured :)!

  1. Date: 9/24/2010 4:42:00 PM did I miss this amazing poem. So glad I went through all the featured poems, and found this gem! Such introspection and insight to the fact that we are all so small in the scheme of things...a wonderful piece, Chris!

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 10:07:00 PM

    Chris, Congratulations! On having your poem featured this week. A poem well deserved, keep the fascinating poetry coming" Nathan D.

  1. Date: 9/23/2010 11:01:00 AM

    Chris, my friend CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful poem being featured this week. Enjoyed the selection of all the poetry on the front page. Have yourself a nice and wonderful day,..p.d.

  1. Date: 9/22/2010 10:49:00 AM

    My wish for you and for all mankind is that nothing is ever lost. What we gain in this lifetime will enhance the next incarnation. Of course I know nothing of what will follow, but there ye be, Chrus. Congrats on the selection. Dave

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 10:18:00 PM

    Congratulations on your exceptional poem featured on the Soup, this week, Chris! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 11:10:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week at PoetrySoup Chris. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/21/2010 5:36:00 AM

    Congrats on your beautiful poem being featured, Chris:) Emilia

  1. Date: 9/19/2010 11:07:00 PM

    enjoyed you poem this evening, congrats on having it featured this week

  1. Date: 9/19/2010 9:17:00 PM

    missed this first time around, bloody hell it's brilliant, in to my favourites right now. Harry

  1. Date: 9/19/2010 8:47:00 PM

    Congrats Chris on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 5/28/2010 11:43:00 PM

    So beautiful, the imagery is outstanding. Thanks for sharing this amazing poem with us. Thank you for visiting my poems too.

  1. Date: 5/22/2010 9:41:00 PM


  1. Date: 5/12/2010 5:37:00 PM

    This is brilliantly amazing. Oh i adore it <3 .::Rain::.

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 4:44:00 AM

    Dear Chris, thank you for your comments! Jews (mainly scientists) who were needed by the Nazi regime were not murdered or sent to the concentration camps, although they were only a few of them. Happy would be who made it to emigrate overseas or to Palestine at that time. And many German Jews did not believe would do to them.

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 3:12:00 AM

    the beauty of this poem is just breathtaking i love it:)

  1. Date: 5/7/2010 8:29:00 PM

    this is really sweet. just to tell someone you hope that they make a wish upon you.thats so beautiful. i love this write. its like a piece of tranquility. -Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 2:44:00 PM

    Well Chris this is a treasure.. a beautiful write as stars are a favorite of mine.. wish u had entered this one when I had my "Shining Star" contest a month ago... it would have placed high... enjoyed your creative write... with luv.. from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 1:54:00 PM

    Hi Chris,,I have to put this beauty in my favourites.. Very Romantic..I'm always fascinated by stars and I just had my Birthday,so I canmake a wish on you..Mr Falling Star...:)lovely poem..Charma

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 8:28:00 AM

    Christopher, you are really good!! I have only read a couple of your poems and I love them..Goes to my favs..Thanks for leaving those comments for me..Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 7:54:00 AM

    I wish I may, I wish I might, give you the accolades this work should have. Great job!

  1. Date: 5/2/2010 10:14:00 PM

    "please make a wish upon me..a life of insignificance...this all-consuming fear..burning up in fright..." To me, Christopher, these speak eloquently of the unfathomable anxiety, the nagging urgency of a being seeking its own significance, seeking to at least matter, to at least have a meaningful consequence, even for a very short while..philosophers share this experience. Thank you so much for making me think, ponder, smile and nod in agreement with your lines.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2010 9:41:00 AM

    Very metaphoric write, Chris! Enjoyed reading it today. And thanks for your comments! I still do love Edinburgh, only a pity that the place is soo expensive! I had a room in a flat of a Cornish Lady near Princess Street and used to walk around a lot in the City. I even had a chance to see and hear Yehudi Menuin at a concert before he dies in Switzerland...All the best ...Gert

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 11:00:00 PM

    Christopher, I too faved this incredible friend, I have felt the juice sluice down my chin in life too..what gifts we share, here on the soup...wll last for eternity....thanks for your comments, no, my "goose poem" was not for a contest, (I don't fare well in the contests!) yes, it was true and culminated just today, during my afternoon poem was building from the first moment I saw that forlorned goose, a metaphor for my marshall goff

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 9:36:00 PM

    Christopher, this was excellent writing. I have to fav you for this one. It seems to have been very carefully crafted, something I wish I saw more of, instead of poems that sometimes look thrown together. As for haiku, just think of them here as 3 line descriptive poems. It's all good!! My haiku never pass muster with my MASTER haiku writing friends, but I am not trying for some fancy magazine publication with mine! So keep on with them here! LUv, Andrea