Septillion*

From days beyond recall, all souls have stood
beneath the night-time sky, quizzing their thoughts,
" Why do these stars exist? What earthly good
are skies so freaking full of twinkling dots?

As it turns out, the atoms that comprise
our bodies came from stars. A nova's blast
made elements that now form hands and eyes.
How stardust from the alien ancient past

now makes thrilling music and stunning art,
should baffle and amaze the dullest brains.
The questions morph, becoming " What's my part
in all of this? " That mystery remains.

*est number of stars per Universe Today website