Everything seems to be gray,
hazy in the waning light
of a dwindling Summer sky.
The stars barely outlined
covered-over by a milky film.
I wonder where they all are?
My Nana, my Aunt Anita,
my mother's mother
who died of tuberculosis
when my mother was just seven.
Do they continue to shine brighter
and brighter? In that other place
where my eyes are covered over
by the opaque veil that separates
the dead from the realm of the living.
How dim the stars can seem at times;
yet at dusk they become visible
as the clouded-lens is torn away
and the stars have had layers of time
peeled away to reveal their iridescence.
These are the stars that glimmer and shine
with a growing intensity as the night skies
deepen and pool into expansive black sheets.
I understand then where all those
who live beyond the veil are.
They are the stars who grow
so much brighter with each passing day
of the Infinite and look down upon us
with an efflorescent glow. Just as
the first full burst of stars
becomes visible on the last trace
of a Summer sky or in the evening
of the final setting of the Sun.
At dawn they slowly fade and become
part of the opaque light of day.
They are behind the veil once again.
Still bright and ever gleaming,
even when I can no longer see
their familiar shapes and forms
nor the radiance that the stars keep
in the daylight of their bright Forever.