Planetary nebula NGC 6751

Spin the wheel...

Photon hurled from a nearby star
tweaks a double helix

...Blond hair pays double
...Colon cancer is a loser

Roll the dice...

Impulsive dendrite
aggravates neuron neighbors

...Rowling flashes on Potter at lucky 7
...Snake eyes, she falls asleep

Take two cards face down...

Molecules collide in primordial goo
brewing nucleic acids

...Blackjack, we walk upright
...Bust, one-cell wonders

Let it ride...

Angry comet whips ice balls
at encroaching space

...Flushed, the earth endures
...Quantum redistricting on a pair

Copyright © 2005, Karen A. Romanko and Robert A. Desharnais

Karen A. Romanko's poetry and short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Ideomancer, Would That It Were, The Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, and NFG, among others. Her first poetry collection, Raven's Runes: Equations in Time, was released by Sam's Dot Publishing in 2004 and contains the Rhysling-nominated poem "Witch, You Say." She also edits and publishes the specfic and mystery e-zine Raven Electrick.

Robert A. Desharnais is a Professor of Biology at California State University, Los Angeles. He is co-author of the science monograph Chaos in Ecology and developer of the curriculum software suite Biology Labs Online. He and Karen have been married for 27 years.