I don't know how many suns have been born,
or have died since you arrived here before me,
I'd wager none at all, but if indeed infinity then
perhaps suns appear and sputter-out every day

Suns as stars, one the same, upon which we wish,
we may and might tonight, plead to come true, to make right

Flat on my back I fall,
airily up I float

in mid-air my ascent traces angels

cc: Chagall 2022


"...we get on average about one new star per year, and one star dying each year as a planetary nebula in the Milky Way. These rates are different in different types of galaxies, but you can say that this is roughly the average over all galaxies in the Universe. We estimate at about 100 billion the number of galaxies in the observable Universe, therefore there are about 100 billion stars being born and dying each year, which corresponds to about 275 million per day, in the whole observable Universe."

Cornell University 2015; Santonge, Amelie; accessed 31 January 2022;
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/83-the-universe/stars-and-star-clusters/star-formation-and-molecular-clouds/400-how-many-stars-are-born-and-die-each-day-beginner