To the Unnamed Star

To the Unnamed Star
by Julie Sumner

In the darkest part
Of the night-fallen eastern horizon,
A solitary unnamed star glitters
Patiently.
A glowing story a million years old,
A whisper just now audible to our eyes,
An asterisk of white light
Marking the footnote of its fiery life.
Perhaps it has already
Collapsed
Into densest darkness,
But evidence of its radiance
Shines for eons.