Bow shock around LL Oristalled sirocco
of the mother star
new voices

earphone static
a planet's garbled farewell

distant surf
fades from the clutched shell
black sands

bow shock
of a thousand goodbyes
crashing waves

a bottle's message
for the undertow

the call
of space sirens

Copyright © 2007, Ann K. Schwader and Deborah P. Kolodji

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Ann K. Schwader's new Lovecraftian /SF sonnet sequence, In the Yaddith Time, is forthcoming from Mythos Books. Her poetry has appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated, Mythic Delirium, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Strange Horizons, Modern Haiku, The Formalist, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Westminster, CO. Visit her web site at:

Deborah P. Kolodji is the divorced mother of three who works in information technology to fund her poetry obsessions. She is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a member of the Haiku Society of America. Her work has appeared in numerous places both on and off the web. She is the editor and co-founder of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal.