Sunspot: active region 10486on the Earth facing side
of the sun
wider than Jupiter
crackling solar flares
silently heat the atmosphere
with coronal mass ejections

the geomagnetic storm
of my rapidly beating heart
tilts and flashes
an Aurora begging for attention
its dancing beauty
belying the absence which follows
or the violence that gave it birth

swallowing solar sized pride
burns like a Taurid fireball
all down the oesophageus
while my eyelids soften
pretending you haven’t
shown me your dark spot
the hot ions of rejection
on the coldest day of the year

Copyright © 2008, Magdalena Ball

Image Credit: SOHO (ESA & NASA)

Magdalena Ball runs The Compulsive Reader. She is the author of the award winning novel Sleep Before Evening, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and a poetry book Quark Soup.