A Star Fell Down on Indiana

from by Eliot Wilder

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With thanks to Lisa.


Woke up in the middle of the night
To the sound of breaking glass
Ran over to the window and was knocked back on my ass
A light filled the room
Much brighter than the sun
Thought it was the end of time
The human race was all but done

A star fell down on Indiana
Just like it did in the beginning of time
We all turned out to see what happened
Some of us laughed
Some of us cried
And together we held onto each other's hands
Until the last of us had died

We went to the fairgrounds but the blast had destroyed it
The carousel was crushed
Thought about how much we'd enjoyed it
Some of us were injured and some were nearly dead
Some were talking on their cellphones
To see how bad and how widespread

Wish I'd finally written the great American novel
Or even a short story would've been nice
Wish I'd finally I'd done everything that I'd meant to do
Like told you I loved you even once or twice

Thought I might escape unscathed but I was still in heavy shock
Then I saw my bloody hands as I sat down on a rock
Cars were exploding and babies were screaming
I saw you draw one last breath
It was then I knew I was not dreaming


from A Star Fell Down on Indiana, released April 9, 2016



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