Look up into the sky, young man,
after a night of your worst ordeals
and place that star between your palms
the single glimmering point on a blank canvas
Perhaps it’s a sign of good fortune-
a thousand rewards will come your way
Perhaps it’s a message from god-
you will be given eternal life way up there
and ascend from the perils of life
reincarnated as a majestic mark on the night.
But gaze longer, young man,
and see the light begin to flicker.
See how it weakens and fades
behind the illusion of time,
See how it drowns
beneath the layers of darkening space.
And though, young man,
this star may not be earthbound
it's timebound and shackled
forever traveling forward with deliberate ticks.
Where you stand now is a wonderful place
everything around you glows with life.
You can't bring it with you when your time comes.
Just remember that you are strong, young man
for you can frame destiny between your palms.