by Poppy Hullings

Open Cluster M93

I am of little passing consequence
against the magnitude of spanless space
and ageless earth. But I am known tonight.
I walk abroad and lift up my chin,
and there, from out of the darkness, streaming down,
it finds me. Light spills deep and wide,
leaving its home before my earth began.
Behold, I am discovered by a star.

Copyright © 2005, Poppy Hullings

Poppy Hullings lives in rural Mississippi with her husband and eleven-year-old daughter. Her poetry has appeared in KotaPress, Skyline Magazine, Shadows Ink Series, SaucyVox(Dot)Com and Poetic Voices. Her first poetry collection, Reflecting in Words, was published by Shadow Poetry in 2003.

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