The gasp when light breaks shadow,
flaring up so bright, so close,
sparks tumble in my eyes
and alight my heart with homecoming stars.
The small shower of skittering hope,
sprinkling those wishes and dreams
with splinters of sunshine
when night forbids any glint of day.
The breath that draws in courage,
knowing this glow might fade but
still believing these small stars
shine on in me.