A lonely star was watching high
Above a cloud one night.
He saw the people of the world
Who loved with all their might.
How sweet it seemed to have a friend,
A family full of laughter.
Rather than a single star
Alone for forever after.
I will go to earth, he thought,
I’m sure that I know how.
I’ll find myself the dearest friend
I’ll travel there right now!
He opened up his fiery arms,
And threw away some light.
Suddenly he started falling,
A shooting star so bright.
As he fell he shed his flames,
His sparkle getting lost.
Through the wind and rain he rushed,
Through the winter frost.
He landed with a thump at last
Into an Irish garden.
He left a scorch mark on the ground
And begged the grass’s pardon.
He heard a clatter and a bang
And looked up first in fright.
But when he saw a window open
His fear turned to delight.
For peeping through the flapping curtains,
The star saw there a boy.
His eyes were wide, his mouth was open.
A friend! Star thought, What joy!
“I’m looking for a friend,” he called.
“I’ve travelled very far.
I’ve fallen from the depth of space,
You see, I am a star.”
“A star?” The boy cried out so loud,
“A burning ball of fire?
How can I come and play with you?
I’d end up in a pyre!
I wish that we could be best friends,
I’d love to hold your hand.
Can’t you see? It cannot be,
You’d burn right through this land.”
The star looked then around the garden
And saw the trees and flowers,
Were wilting from his yellow heat,
Decaying from his powers!
“This heat and terror that I bear
I truly did not know.
I never meant to cause such harm,
Please forgive me so!”
“I forgive you for I see,
How lonely is your heart.
But you must travel back to space
And make a fresh new start.
You’ll find a friend amongst the stars,
Above this atmosphere.
A companion for the darkest nights,
Whom you can hold so dear.
If you join a constellation
You’ll never be alone.
An extra handle on the plough,
Canis needs a bone!
You’ve so much choice up there in space,
So many stars to choose.
And why not ask the sun and moon?
You’ve got nothing to lose!”
The star’s sweet heart felt light and free
A smile filled up his face.
The excitement was too much to bear
And he shot back up to space.