Perseids peaks tonight, the headlines said.

I remembered as I was walking my dog.

I looked up to the sky and saw a shooting star.

I had no wish to make.


The meteor cast a million particles of dust across the universe.

And every year, the earth passes through its dusty trail.

When the sand sized particles fall into our atmosphere,

We are treated to a rare display of natural fireworks.


Three years ago, we went into a field behind your house,

To watch the meteor shower together.

You had never seen them before.

I had seen them several times before.


You didn’t like that.

You only wanted to experience something new with me.

I never gave that to you.

And you were jealous of my past.


I didn’t care if I had seen a shooting star before,

Or went to somewhere with someone else.

I wanted to experience it with you.

I wanted to build our future.


So, there we were sitting on my car’s hood.

Holding hands.

Drinking Absinthe out of a flask.

Looking to the darkened sky.





Holding on to each other.


Beneath the great blackness

Sensing that we were something

While understanding our insignificance

And our finiteness.


Together we were something

A part of the universe

A part of the reason for the whole,

Together we were.


We never saw a shooting star.

And after a while, with alcohol gone,

And the night getting cool,

We went home.


And in your bed,

We were something.

A part of the universe

A part of the reason.



About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at View all posts by oxrider

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