One Man's Cannibalism

by Greg Beatty

Recently, astronomers have snapped
lurid photos of our gal
axy with another gal
axy. Alone in their labs,
they finger the explosive release
of energy, captured on
their candid negatives, eye the
lascivious blurring of bound
aries, and, experiencing the world
alone and through their solitary
lens -- highly polished, but inverting --
they labeled this congress cannibalism.
The Milky Way is eating
the other. Sure. Could be.
But I look at the way
it rocks our world
and changes the night sky
and makes the very stars shudder
and I call it marriage.

Copyright © 2004, Greg Beatty
Two Spiral Galaxies Collide

NGC 2207 and IC 2163

Greg Beatty attended Clarion West in the summer of 2000. He's had a number of short stories accepted since then. (For more information on his writing, visit his web site.) When he's not at his computer, he enjoys cooking, practicing martial arts, and having complex interpersonal relationships.

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