The Unobserved StarThe little star was sad. Quantum didn't believe in it, and that means a lot to a star. Without quantum you can't have fission, and without fission a star is nothing.
The thing was, the star was alone. It was a few billion light years to the nearest gallery. It was so lonely it would put up with a name like NGC 9738 just to have an astronomer dream of it.
A planet would be worth its weight in god.
Eventually the star got so heavy-hearted that it collapsed into blackness. Friendships with spaghetti don't last long, but nor do unobservèd stars.
The dogs don't howl.
In the dark kitchen we make cups of tea
And our hollow stares shift from our hands to the floor
The dogs don't howl
Though somehow we feel they should
We have nothing to say
Happiness would be unfeeling
Mourning is taboo
It was like this last week
My father is in the kitchen
Finishing his supper
My sister is in her bedroom
Crying about death
And I am standing in the unlit hallway