Spiral galaxy M100I know some people
who are galactic intolerant.
I'm sure they live well
enough, on strict diets
of electric light and shade-
drawn dark, but—
I pity them.
To live without the milk
of celestial goddesses,
to never sip
from the Milky Way,
to never stand in
the dark and stare
at ancient wonders.
Well. You could live
that way. But
I wouldn't want to.

Copyright © 2006, Greg Beatty

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Greg Beatty is recently married. He and his wife live in Bellingham Washington. Greg has a BA from University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Iowa, both in English, and attended Clarion West 2000. Greg's work has appeared in 3SF, Absolute Magnitude, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Asimov's, Fortean Bureau, HP Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, the Internet Review of Science Fiction, Ideomancer, Oceans of the Mind, Paradox, SCI FICTION, Shadowed Realms, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, among other venues. Greg won the Rhysling Award in 2005 (short poem category).