unlucky star

unlucky star
for N.

you would
have sworn
it was that
unlucky star
that flamed out
above you
and took you
afraid that star
all your life
saw it coming
and going in
the taking away
of your mother,
your father
wed to another,
your own
punch-drunk
marriage,
a daughter
signed off to
the ex’s brother,
a step mother
whose children called
you to bring back
from the dead,
in your prayers
you tried to
run as far
from that star
as the world
would let you
running
stumbling until
it flamed out
burning time
to a stop
gathered
you
in
leaving
only
‘lucky’
‘unlucky’
these words
we hang in
doubt
upon
you
still

two
sides
of an
ancient
coin laid
on the
eyes

march 2016

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