when we think of gas
registering in many minds are typically the worst and best experiences of it
from the unpleasant expulsions from volcanoes and people
to the petroleum in our gas tanks and the helium that makes us talk like cartoons
we often remember how our stars and suns
and some of our planets
are gaseous
that it is the highest form of commonly accessed energy
my aunty Denise
as much as anyone else
was a gas
maybe difficult for some to digest
but would get you high
she was a star
a natural source of the basic dusts
connecting heavens to oceans
oceans to people
people to dreams
a hot mass of brilliance
right here on earth
relating to us at the highest common level

*in loving memory of my late aunt, whose fifty-fifth birthday passed two days ago*