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you were two parts of the same thing,
two stars of the same system:
binary, temporal, constrained.

like a sun courting a planet,
you cycled through your phases,
tethered to her by the strength

of a solar flare,
electromagnetic storm.

without her,
you are still ultraviolet and pristine,
your cold, clean light—

but the sparkle has left your surface.

you orbit around
an imaginary object,
a placeholder for her gravity.
written for #Shelf-of-Friends's January prompt contest: [link]
one of the available prompts was to begin with the line "you were two parts of the same thing."
:heart: best of luck to everybody who entered!
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ThyPoetSorcerer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The Astronomy/Cosmology references are impeccably placed here; without a doubt one of my favorite pieces ever <3
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Writer
:blush: thank you!
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jagrier Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Featured in a post entitled "Poetry + Art: Speculative." [link]
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Writer
<3 thank you!
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v-espertine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
i feel this piece, especially the "placeholder for gravity"... you know the metaphor for relativity in the space time continuum, that space-time is like a sheet that covers over masses; what would happen if all the mass in the universe was removed but gravity still interacted with it like it was there- all these invisible and undetectable forces everywhere, like a minefield of black holes. i might fall asleep thinking about this. thank you. (:
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Writer
:heart: no, thank you!
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arabesque-o Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Photographer
you have an amazing way with words.
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Writer
:heart: thank you!
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Mr-Timeshadow Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I hope you publish someday! The stellar-themed poetry alone would make a nice volume of work, and a fairly distinct one at that! How often do you ever see this theme, particularly as a metaphor for romance...
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Writer
:heart:
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:iconmr-timeshadow:
Mr-Timeshadow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I hope you recover soon, but hey -- at least your family is coming soon to offer aid and comfort!
Oh, and you're welcome!
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful and this part is awesome: "like a sun courting a planet,
you cycled through your phases,".
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
:heart: thank you!
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Killio01 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just love the imagery here, faved. ^w^ <3
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
<3 thanks so much!
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Killio01 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very very welcome! ^w^ <3
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
staggeringly gorgeous imagery as always :heart:
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:icontoxic-nebulae:
toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
:hug: thank you.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Writer
:glomp: you're most welcome!
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vespera Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love your take on this prompt. I bet it's really different from other people's. Good luck!
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
:heart: thank you!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, that last line. That is a wonderful closing. :heart:
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Writer
:heart: thank you!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure!
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