Jupiter, imaged on the final day of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impactsYou enter this way—
a transvestite,
red-jeweled in the navel,
comet-scars like so many trailing scarves,
but unshaken from the many lovers
in your orbit.
What do you offer them but flecks of dust,
lit up to reflect their stony hearts?

First published in Shadowdance
Copyright © 1995, Meg Smith

Image Credit: Hubble Space Telecope Comet Team and NASA

Meg Smith is a writer, journalist and Oriental dancer living in Lowell, Mass. Her writing has appeared in The Gothic Revue, Gothicbard.com, Lost In the Dark, Dreams of Decadence, Gothic.net, The End, The Café Review, The Bridge Review, Pudding, Tryst, and others. Her poem, “Huracán,” received an honorable mention from St. Martin’s Press Year’s Best Fantasy And Horror. She has published a book of poetry, The First Fire. She is editor and publisher of Red Eft, an occasional journal of fantasy, horror and speculative literature, now online at http://redeft.tripod.com. She is a staff writer for Jareeda, a trade magazine of Middle Eastern dance, and associate editor of Middle Eastern Dance in New England. She welcomes visits to her web site at http://www.poet-in-motion.com.