Pluto Waltzes

by Deborah P. Kolodji

at the edge partnered in eccentricity
embracing a moon-spouse in the icy darkness
twirling oddball lovers oblivious
to the natural turnings of the universe
dancing out of step, leaning askew
hearing the flutes of a minuet
while the solar system fox trots

to tunes of terrestrial worlds & gas giants.
Being neither, two faces eternally locked
whirling a two hundred and forty-eight year old
dance tour & as heat increases, steamy
endearments become enveloping methane clouds
bubbling with nitrogen before do-si-do-ing
into the winter of atmospheric snowfall.

First published in Tales of the Unanticipated #17
Copyright © 1997, Deborah P. Kolodji

Pluto and Charon

Deborah P. Kolodji is the divorced mother of three who works in information technology to fund her poetry obsessions. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the California State Poetry Society, and the Haiku Society of America. Her work has appeared in numerous places both on and off the web. She is the editor and co-founder of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal.

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