Thackeray's Globules

by Joanne M. Uppendahl


Gleaming clouds drape
dark, clumped shapes
pregnant figures shifting
star babies hip-to-hip

giant globes hide each other
like overlapping breasts

(collectively the clouds contain
enough to feed fifteen new suns)

faintly sizzled molecules
deeply cracked and ripping

constant rocking, churning
rays of ultraviolet gas expand,
thrusting in streams against them
leading to their
dissolution

"clumps of butter on a red-hot pan"


First appeared in Hubble Art
Copyright © 2002, Joanne M. Uppendahl

Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944

Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944


Joanne M. Uppendahl, MA, retired after 25 years as a mental health therapist to pursue her passion for poetry in 2000. She has since published many poems online, appearing in Hubble's Art Page, Poetic Voices, Retrozine, Rainbow's Edge E-zine, The Critical Poet, Poetic Link, Poetically Speaking, gallery 3, and others. She has presented readings of her work in Oceanside, CA. She resides in Tacoma, WA with her husband and two cats.

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