Dust to Dust

The carbon in the skeleton,
the oxygen in the breath,
the iron in the globin:
all seeded by the stars
after the core is imploded—
the cosmic dust:
silicon, carbon, aluminum
mostly
[a millionth of a centimeter]:
the sand under pelicans,
the flowers and the flesh,
the screendoors that open.
Ghostly,
stars die that we may live.
Before spacetime spread deeper
the first supernovae exploded,
when ancient blue-white stars
bathed the universe in light—
the cosmic dawn
[the first generation of stars]
a fraction of the current age.