Five Haiku

by Geoffrey A. Landis


Winter
Interstellar planet
ice glistens in star-lit dark:
Does it dream of spring?


         Spring
         Hydrogen ions
         chirp and twitter microwaves
         making nests: the stars


                   Summer
                   Swelling blue-white star
                   outshines the bright galaxy
                   spraying iron, salt: us


                             Fall
                             Hoard scant hydrogen
                             Against the final darkness:
                             Stars, like leaves, turn red


Winter
Iron cinders of stars
cool in expanding darkness:
too late for regrets


Copyright © 1993, Geoffrey A. Landis
NGC 604

NGC 604
Star-birth Region in Spiral Galaxy M33


By day Geoffrey A. Landis is a mild-mannered inventor and rocket scientist. In his spare time, he's a science fiction writer, the author of some seventy short stories and two books, Mars Crossing and Impact Parameter. He was a member of the Mars Pathfinder science team, and is now on the science team for the Mars Exploration Rover missions Spirit and Opportunity. More information can be found on his web site.


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