Cometary coffeeOut in the kitchen chowder bubbles
in the old pot, the recipe
not mine but spiced with all cooking

before me, and at my desk, cup
of cometary water, pencil and draft,
I play with half a million years

of knowledge—my inheritance.
The window leaks night until
I slip along an axis in dark space

toward the riddle of infinity—
any direction will do—
never getting any closer.

Copyright © 2007, Peggy Miller

Image Credit: Emily Gaskin, some rights reserved

Peggy Miller leads poetry workshops and is an associate editor for The Comstock Review. She has an MFA from American University. Her collection What the Blood Knows is forthcoming from Custom Words. She is author of the chapbook, Martha Contemplates the Universe, Frith Press 1999, and a Greatest Hits chapbook from Pudding House, 2003. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut River Review, Karamu, Lip Service, The Listening Eye, Lucid Stone and many more. She lives in The Villages, Florida with her husband Phil Wolfson.