Star trails: “The Neck”, New Zealand (South Island)Moving was always so easy:
Pack your stuff in boxes
and go.

The first night, stand outside
looking at the sky and feeling
at home.

But the big move,
northern hemisphere to
southern hemisphere

leaves you disoriented—
looking up at the night,
spotting Orion's belt

but all the rest are wrong,
twisted somehow until
they are not recognizable.

For your mind
all the night is missing.

Copyright © 2011, Aalix Roake

Image Credit: Dr.DeNo, some rights reserved

Aalix Roake is an American-born writer (and artist) now making her home in New Zealand with her aerodynamicist Kiwi husband. They ran the local astronomy club for a while acclimating her to the Southern Hemisphere sky. With an emphasis on genre as well as mainstream, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including The New Zealand Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry 2009 (as Dana Bryce) (print), to Blackmail Press16 (online, her poetry and art ), to TinyWords (online, Haiku and art), Shot Glass Journal (online 2010), and many others. Under variations based on Sandra (Stuart) (SJ) Burkhardt, she has appeared in Short Short Stories by Women Writers II (print anthology), SFPA's Star*Line (print), Aliens and Lovers (print anthology) and a large variety of other publications in genres ranging from technical medical writing to popular slick magazine nonfiction and is listed in Scott Green's Contemporary Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry: A Resource Guide and Biographical Directory(print). Sometimes, she signs her art as AalixR. Personal reinvention requires frequent name changes: Stay tuned.