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“The Universe’s First Fireworks” – from the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Collection. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Kashlinsky (GSFC)

I could travel to the stars
but for these difficulties.
Janus the gatekeeper
always says ‘no’–
his head backlit
by a tease of stars
none of which are mine.
This door closed,
I chisel an archway
with my words.