Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "The Stars Must Be Crazy"

This poem came out of the August 4, 2009 poetry fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from ellenmillion and sponsored by nhpeacenik as part of the 2009 Holiday Poetry Sale.  This poem is a sequel to "The Sky-Eyes and the Earth-Hearts," in which humans are trying to get along with two insectoid alien species whose life experiences are very  different.

The Stars Must Be Crazy

Today I learned
why the Star-Minds are crazy.

They go through metamorphosis
fully conscious.

Think about it. 
Think about being horribly aware
while your body changes,
old things falling out,
new things growing in,
rivers of hormones pouring all over.
Think about spending years  like that,
never being able to
close your mandibles on a single day
and say, “Now I am an adult.”

No wonder they’re crazy.
No one could go through that
and stay sane.

I give thanks to Queen Cosmos
for my cocoon
in which I slept in blissful oblivion
through my own metamorphosis.

But what in earth and sky
can we do for the poor Star-Minds?

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