the lights on my street
are orange tinted and
conducted through mercury

they keep us safe 
from people that 
benefit from night

the same glow
protecting the passerby’s
block the stars from me 
(or me from them?)

I’m pretty sure 
that they are stil there, though
I’ve seen them in the past, you know

it’s a kind of trade you see
a social contract of sort
that has me forgetting

someone took dibs on the stars 
then named the constellations
so everyone would see what they saw

the lights on my street
flow through vaporized mercury
and keeps the stars and robbers away