Infrared view of the Helix NebulaI'm looking up at the night sky
where the Helix Nebula
lives in its own darkness
with no other purpose
than to drift.

As I have
for the last thirty years.
A ring of fire
the Helix Nebula has nothing to consume
but itself,
in its loneliness.

I don't want to be reduced to a bright,
quick flame. When I die bury me
in the ground.
Anchor me with others.
Fill in the emptiness
that I never
could.

Copyright © 2007, Bob Bradshaw

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ J. Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Mr. Bradshaw is a programmer living in California. Recent and forthcoming work of his can be found at Eclectica, Half Drunk Muse, 3rd Muse, Red River Review, VLQ, Pen Himalaya, Avatar and Slow Trains.