Constrained by Gravity

by Christine Emmert



Gomez's HamburgerThat dark matter that seeps
into the gravity of space
holds us enthralled
in anxious denial.

When apples tumbled on Newton's head
we knew we were held, ankle-bound,
to our own planet.

We did not understand other ropes
and grips
placed us there
among the stars forever.


Copyright © 2005, Christine Emmert


Christine Emmert is a published playwright and poet living in Pennsylvania with her husband, Richard. Her novel, Ismene, is due out in early 2006. She takes the heavens seriously in her writing and her life.



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