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Faith Paulsen

Faith Paulsen
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Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
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December 27
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Writer. No relation to Henry Paulson or Gary Paulsen or Pat Paulsen.

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JULY 27, 2012 10:12AM

Star Dust

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I'm honored and delighted that my poem "Star Dust" was selected for the Philadelphia Inquirer Poetry Contest in April 2012.

 

night sky 

  

Star Dust

The night domes   a Bach Fugue  One of us

lifts her iPhone like the Statue of Liberty  She

has an app that identifies the stars   “That red one?  

That’s Venus,” she says   

We pause   expand 

Someone says he read somewhere that

all the elements came into existence at the Big Bang:

carbon   oxygen   iron   the whole periodic table

ashes from furnaces where stars died

The atoms of our own bodies – found poetry

sculpted from smithereens   We point   draw circles on the

Jackson Pollack sky and   like children

who take turns cupping a flashlight in their hands

we marvel how skin glows red as Venus

Our eyes contain Cezanne apples   our bloodcells novels

ideas doing performance art all around our DNA

and someone says, “Joni Mitchell was right,”

and Hamlet   and Leonardo   and Thich Nhat Hanh 

Our parted lips accept the stardust

and it seems, tonight, we are golden

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