Such a strong opening line, as they say, (you had me at hello) in this piece! Also, this poem too embraces such wise statements,
you think they lead
the loneliest lives, burning themselves
alive to keep others warm
^ i mean, WOW. And then the closing line, I agree with Kate, this does infact bring a sense of nostalgia ! It gave me goosebumps too. I can't get over the stars idea living lonely lives as pictured in the mind of your character. I love this poem a lot. I'm missing much it seems, these days, but glad I'm catching up with your poems on my weekend. Your imagery is something else Mark, always.