the twinkling stops
solid bodies form
the earth recedes
distances are traversed
the lines are clear
patience is rewarded
the unknown is revealed
and the heavens brought down

Copyright © 2009, Shelly Bryant

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Shelly splits her time between Singapore and Shanghai, sometimes teaching English literature, and sometimes studying Chinese language.  She loves to read, write, travel, and cycle.  Her poems have appeared in various print and online magazines, including Scifaikuest, Aoife's Kiss, and Not One of Us.  She is the book reviews editor for the online magazine Sloth Jockey.  You can visit Shelly's website at