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We would drive out of town in my Uncle's jeep

up in the hills above the suburbs,  miles off the highway 


I brought a 12 pack of cheap beer,

she brought an old telescope


She preferred a certain part of the sky 

particular constellations


Her favorites were not the brightest

obscure in both name and history 

sometimes I could not even see it

                                                                     It's there.  You just have to take my word for it 


Her sister said she had a star map glued to the ceiling

over her bed, with that part circled


After the accident,  I never saw her room,

or the bed or the map 


                                                                                     You just have to take my word for it      


Last week I drove my Sentra out of town away from the lights but

the only thing in the night sky were clouds 






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