The moon, ever bright, smiled down

On the earth every night, and the sun,

So, so burning bright, scorched

Everything, everyone, every day.

They danced,

And they smiled,

And they frowned,

And they bowed,

And they laughed,

Going round and round her,

And everything, everyone, every day.

And between them, there were stars.

And there were colors, brilliant

Colors, in more hues than the rainbow.

And there was light. And the light,

It never left. It shined on

Everything, everyone, every day (and every night),

And the stars were small ornaments

To the light and the color in the sky.

And every morning, she would bolt awake

At the faintest hope of a sunrise,

Trying to catch when the moon

And the sun

Said their final goodbyes.

She could see the colors in it all.

And she saw the darkness in the light.

And she saw the moon in the sun.

And she was not afraid.

She watched for the change, waiting for the day when

Everything, everyone, everywhere,

Would be like her, would see the colors,

And the darkness,

And the moon.

And she waited,

And she waited,

And she waited,

And she waited,

And she waited,

On and on and on and on and on,

Watching the skies to see the ground.

And when she saw the girl, a million

Miles away, climb onto the roof

And start to run, she could suddenly

See the light in the darkness.

And the sun in the moon.

And the void in the colors.

And she saw the most beautiful thing of all,

A flash of yellow and red and white and purple,

Moving along the rooftops.

And she saw the open window the girl left behind,

Her lamp and her chair and her bed and her books.

And she saw the violet ribbon slip from the red and the gold and flutter down to the sky.

And she saw the colors on her face.

And she saw,

And she saw,

And she saw,

And she saw,

And she saw,

Until she could see no more,

Until she knew the girl's past and her present,

Until she wanted to know her future.

Until she wanted to be in that future.

And she climbed onto the roof,

And she took flight,

Soaring over the sea,

Soaring over the desert,

Soaring way above the forests,

Until she saw the familiar yellow and red and white and purple flash,

And she flew down, down, still watching.

And she saw the girl's foot slip.

And she saw the red and gold and white fall, to the ground she had seen in the skies.

And she saw the red spread through the gold and the white.

And she heard them start to scream.

And she could no longer

See the light in the darkness (or the darkness in the light),

Or see the sun in the moon (or the moon in the sun),

And she could not see the colors anymore.

She could only

See the flash of yellow and red and white and purple,

Running endlessly along the edge of the sky.

But the colors burned on.

And she was blind to them,

For she could no longer see,

Could no longer bear to watch

When the moon and the sun

Said their final goodbyes.