Moth-Like Stars

by Robert Clay

We can’t be sure when the first star disappeared, but the first one we noticed was Polaris. No wispy filament such as an exploding star might leave, no remnant at all, just gone. Within six months half of all the night sky stars were missing, and no matter how hard we tried, we could not explain it. Now they’re all gone, the sky is a black empty void, even to the vast distances our telescopes can search. It’s as if space and time have been consumed by that great mythical dragon of yesteryear. Two days ago the sun went down early, and it’s getting very cold sitting here in the dark.


Robert Clay, author of Witches End, is a Seafarer now stranded on land. He lives in Cornwall in the UK.