Star Power

by Kate Evans

At the green bottom pond
I circle slow motion under webby frogs,
eyes to the sky. Silver and lazy stars
take their powdered mothwing time
to shine from there to here.

I descend into my voluminous
lush and immune pondwater world.
I command soft water, new thoughts
I am bigger than the pinprick of lights,
smaller than the supine frogs.

Copyright © 2004, Kate Evans
Planetary nebula NGC3132

NGC 3132

Kate Evans' book, Negotiating the Self: Identity, Sexuality, and Emotion in Learning to Teach, was published by Routledge in 2002. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in various journals. A recipient of a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington, she watches the stars from her home in Santa Cruz, California. To learn more, please visit her web site.

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