Two children wander
Through worlds they don't know,
One is a boy and one is a girl.
The girl is a ghost who still stares through his eyes,
And her brother's a boy
Who can't stay awake.
Perhaps she's fed him poison,
An apple from all the fables,
Self-knowledge that grows on a tree.
Some may call her monster,
Some may say she's murdered;
But all she wants
Is the life she lost
Before she was even born...
Crisscross lines leave it all confused,
The question of who is who;
The mask is the maze, and every cut corner
Just leads to another wall.
The easy route is what she always seeks,
But she's forced to turn around.
Spinning her secrets,
And spinning in circles,
She can't seem to capture
A direction, one road,
So she claims there's no way out.
When they ask who she is, she smiles and lies,
Because that's what she's trained to do.
Her reasoning falls to shattered glass
When she admits that she's afraid.
Were it not for fear, these starless shoals
Would finally see some light.
The shattered glass makes misery's mirror,
A reflection remade by her own design.
She gathers pieces of her own soul, now broken,
In the hopes that it may be mended.
But she's half of what she should be,
And her stars will never shine
Without someone to set them awake and ablaze,
An image upon the waves...
For this is where she wanders,
The shores and shoals of starlight.
Her ghostly form ripples,
Sparkling like water,
As she stares through tearless eyes.
She's become so used to a starless sky
That her mind has drifted to darker lands.
But a whisper is carried
By a sudden gust of wind,
Neither warm nor cold,
Neither good nor bad.
It is simply meant to be heard.
And when she hears it,
Those words softly spoken,
Her eyes turn upward
Toward the starry sky...
She hadn't seen the stars,
But they'd been watching all along...
You are not forgotten,
The stars seem to say.
You have not vanished...
You are here in this world,
You exist in this world,
And we will never leave you...
So as she lies there, on starlit sand,
On the shores of starlight shoals...
The ghostly girl, who no one saw,
Can finally shed some tears.