Stars used to light up the sky.
Polkadots that scattered,
like splatter and spit,
with some strange allure
Then, when we didn't have to
huddle with our plastic lamps just
to paint the roofs of our cages bright
in some effort to hide away
from the new world
where stars gave no light.
we never did have much to expect,
there are no more stars in sight.
Deniel Basilio is a burned-out senior high school student from the Philippines. When he’s not drowning in research, he tries to squeeze in time to write a poem… or two. Twitter: @DMBasilio