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Paper Stars
    he remembers
    silver paper stars
    on the ceiling above his bed

    but no one else does
    the ones who would
    are gone
    he knows
    she put the stars there
    just for him
    but now
    she is gone
    and only he remembers

    the sandbox
    by the back porch
    where he could dig and play
    hour upon hour
    he remembers

    and how he cried
    to discover the birds
    devouring his modeling dough
    carelessly abandoned
    on the table
    in the yard

    he remembers
    how she laughed
    and made him more

    but now
    she is gone
    and only he remembers
    only he remembers
    only he
    he only
    paper stars

       T. Hayes, © 1995
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