The Ring Nebula in Lyra
by David Shaddock
The sages agree: rise up
The line for Mars was two hours.
So fluttered my spirits downward
Perched on the shaky stepladder,
I tried retrieving something
Then I remembered (how being a father
a ring to grab for,
and lasts through the bottom
Copyright © 2004, David Shaddock
David Shaddock is a poet and psychotherapist. His poetry books include Dreams Are Another Set of Muscles and In this Place Where Something's Missing Lives. His chapbook, After Blake won the 1997 Power of Poetry competition for a book of spiritual poetry and was published in Ruah. His non-fiction books include Contexts and Connections and From Impasse to Intimacy. He lives with his family in Berkeley, CA.
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