it's not enough to say star-struck.
a flash of light: all-consuming as
fire, etching lyrics into my bones far
more lethal than ink poisoning.
the lights wash her features leaving
lips and eyes—i see the song leak
out, salty and sweet, sticking to
her mouth. i know the value of
a diamond: every color cornered
into pinpricks of light, the shape
of the scar in my elbow where
blood was drawn. these notes
crack the crystal carbon, let
the colors fall and scorch me in
supernova until i shine too.