Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry

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Dwarf planet Ceres

Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), P. Thomas (Cornell University), L. McFadden (University of Maryland, College Park), and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI)

V
O
great
Ceres
seed-sower
in a frosty rut
teeming in countless abundance
girdle spilling over the makings of rock and bone


XI
slow
sweep
of oars
ferryman
grimly plies his trade
utter black the currents of space
utter cold the touch of underworld exhalation


XII
five
bright
pixels
stand clear of
the dusty background
the faintest tug toward the center
and looking back a light not much brighter than the rest


a knot
in
combed spacetime
an unseen mass
in the cloud of unknowing
threads one ice needle through inverse square brocade

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Rich Magahiz is a former Californian, former scientist, former entrepreneur, current technologist, current blogger, future mystic, future recollection. Trained as an experimental particle physicist, he works for a tech startup company and writes in his free time. His work has appeared in Scifaikuest, Dreams and Nightmares, Aoife's Kiss, Sketchbook, Abyss & Apex, and the 2011 Rhysling Anthology. His contact information is at http://frabjoustimes.magahiz.com/pages/contact.