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The night the comet flew past the moon

March 12, 2013

From across the country, the reports come in: one saw the comet beside the moon; one used binoculars; one stood frustrated on an island, staring at the sky.

I thought about walking outside to see what might be there. A frigid arc of stardust in the sky might have been exactly the magic needed. But instead I stayed indoors, near the stove, stirring a pot with the lights low, listening to the mournful blasts of a train across the lake.

Stars pass by whether we witness or not. On nights like tonight, we must just let go.

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