The Stars Also Laugh by Emmanuel Ugokwe


Behold the stars, single in the heavens,

Wishful thinking came into me,

When I learnt I should count the stars,

And I would that my tongue could utter the thought that rises in me,

Counting the stars, I need to be laughed at,

But as a child that bath on the belly,

I made myself a watchmaker,

Stopped at the sought and raised my eyes high up to see these stars,

I started counting the stars,

But these stars are very reliable in their movement,

Just the precious timepiece, the night used,

But cannot get a star, I was told they have names,

When I raise my eyes to point the stars,

They laugh at me and move.


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