I lie with my back on the pavement

Hands tucked into my coat,

Zipped closed to keep out the biting wind.

I stay silent.

The world seems stilled.

Above head the sky is familiar and dark

Each star shines brighter than ever before.

The sight of such beauty fills me with a glow

Of joy and of wonder.

I close my eyes, almost against my will.

I feel blissful and childlike

And, in this moment,

Indescribable peace.