some of us are comets, shooting stars, and meteors,
meant to flash briefly, beautifully across the sky.
others are stars: fixed, nearly timeless;
distant, but burning bright with exemplary fire.
there are also planets among us:
folks creating and sustaining entire ecosystems in and around ourselves.
the early passing of comets, shooting stars and meteors is painful, but natural. we must let them go, grateful we saw them shine.
it's important to sustain gratitude for the impressions our stars leave behind. even as they die, they create something new in their wake.
as for the planets, we must learn to sustain them as they sustain us--for although they appear immortal, they too can pass away.