Light Echo from Star V838 Monocerotis; picture sequence taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys

you grow
red redder
readiest
ready
to blow on
all cylinders
V8 plus
red star
you da mon
red mon
you da star

Copyright © 2005, Mary Cresswell

Mary Cresswell is a science editor and proofreader; she is from Los Angeles and has spent half her life in New Zealand. She's published poetry in journals in Australia, Canada, NZ, and the US, and lives by the sea just north of Wellington.