NGC 6302: Butterfly Nebubla

Blown out
from chrysalis
shroudstar radiating
ultraviolet epitaph,
wingspan
shimmers into light-years, stellar
exhalation fading
to warm worlds yet
unborn.


Copyright © 2010, Ann K. Schwader

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

Ann K. Schwader's fifth collection of poems, Wild Hunt of the Stars, is forthcoming this year from Sam's Dot Publishing. She is a member of SFWA, HWA, the Haiku Society of America, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. When not writing, she frequently volunteers at her local branch library in Westminster, CO, grows herbs, and indulges her corgi. To learn more about her work, please visit her web site or check out her LiveJournal, Yaddith Times.