Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnantsupergiant
show me your iron core
if you have one
lay out the elements
that you possess
bare your pulsing heart
for all to see
know that
you are watched

sleep is for the full moon
and the clouds

Copyright © 2008, Kate Hutton

Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / O. Krause (Steward Observatory)

Kate Hutton is a seismologist by trade, but she has an old, rusty Ph.D. in astronomy & still likes to follow variable stars on insomniac nights. She writes especially when the various Muses & her friends encourage her to do so. She has had one poem published in Modern Haiku, a couple in a Cold War anthology called Peace or Perish & several in the Caltech literary magazine (yes, there is one!) Totem. For an added challenge, she also does competitive sheep herding with her Border Collies.