Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry

Stars Dream

I'm convinced stars dream of being planets—
that they would trade each roiling flare
to taste the heft and feel the quake of granite;

to have their scalding plasma winds, each rife
with tortured particles, replaced by winds supporting
birds and bats and bugs above a scenery of life.

What might their fortunes be if stars could roll the cosmic dice?
Most likely, they’d metamorphosize to silent, pockmarked rocks
or coalesce as spheres of jellied gas or frothy ice.

The universe respects no guarantees,
which may explain the mystery of why
the stars continue burning in their vacuum seas,

resembling people in that way, safe
in what they are and what they have,
if not content, galled by millennia of constant chafe.

I wonder if our tortured Earth, within its roiling heart
of molten sunfire, ever dreams it could
escape us for eternity and be reborn a star?

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Artist's conception of the planetary system Epsilon Eridani

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

Craig W. Steele is a poet, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a university biologist whose creative musings occur in the urban countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. Besides Astropoetica, his poetry has appeared recently in Poetry Quarterly, The Edge Magazine, Sketchbook, The Lyric, the Aurorean, Popular Astronomy and elsewhere.