Eagle Nebula (M16) pillar detailStairs to the stars,
each night a venture
trading on the quiet masquerade
of distant light.
Not fire but eyes.
Not dark but hidden faces.
At the window,
fates settled on her cheeks,
Sagittarius, Aquarius,
a glittering menagerie
of bears and lions.
“Take me,” she whispered,
but only her dreams did.

Copyright © 2006, John Grey

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

John Grey is an Australian born poet, playwright, musician. His latest book is What Else Is There from Main Street Rag. His work has recently appeared in Hubbub, South Carolina Review, and Journal Of The American Medical Association.