Pulsar B1509 and gas cloud RCW 89Chandra's
high energy x-ray
shows a smoky blue hand,
pulsar brightly spinning
in its palm,

reaching towards
some glowing knots of
energy in the red-orange
gas cloud known as
RCW 89,

as if about to swipe
a few ripe apples from
a huge cosmic apple tree
tucked away in the stellar
orchard of space.

Copyright © 2009, G. O. Clark

Image Credit: NASA/CXC/CfA/P. Slane et al.

G. O. Clark lives in Davis, CA and is retired. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Talebones, the Cinema Spec anthology, and many other publications. His two most recent poetry collections are Strange Vegetables and Mortician's Tea, both published in 2009. For more info, check out his website at: http://my.att.net/p/PWP-goclark.