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Why the Namib has so many stars

As a child I was told that grains of dust
from the desert are carried as a golden mist
into the sky where, suspended, they gleam
over the desert from where they came.

So all was once just barren sand
till winds blew over the empty land
and sucked the stars into the sky
where they will shine until they die.

But the desert will never stop sending up mist
to glow in Heaven as golden dust.


by Charl Cilliers

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