Phoenix: Starlight

I was a world of molten seas,
but lava cools and sets in place.

In time, I came to be the spark
that set an age of flames in chase,

returning afterwards as birds
to reach a certain state of grace.

Then I spread fiery wings of myth,
till tales fell still without a trace.

Now I am starlight, bright again,
elucidating endless space.

Phoenix: Starlight © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: April 20, 2021