Pluto and Charon

We see Pluto's atmosphere only
when that cold and distant sphere
occludes a much more distant
bright life giving, sun.

How different are we, then,
from ancient Greeks who
spied the skirts of Hades
only when a Pluto's call
occluded light giving life?

Copyright © 2007, Greg Beatty

Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Greg Beatty is recently married. He and his wife live in Bellingham Washington. Greg has a BA from University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Iowa, both in English, and attended Clarion West 2000. Greg's work has appeared in 3SF, Absolute Magnitude, Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Asimov's, Fortean Bureau, HP Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, the Internet Review of Science Fiction, Ideomancer, Oceans of the Mind, Paradox, SCI FICTION, Shadowed Realms, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, and The New York Review of Science Fiction, among other venues. Greg won the Rhysling Award in 2005 (short poem category).