Composite image of the Crab NebulaFor Florence Carradini  

We want to blaze blue,
a garden of lightning.
A  scatter of surety in a dark hallway.
We want to be night, so darkness cannot breathe us.
We walk through it, we come apart,
and thrash out, pulsar in distress,
a universe, cooling.
A heart in a fist as planets scatter,
I press these flecks of dust into your hand.

Copyright © 2011, Meg Smith

Image Credit: X-Ray: NASA/CXC/J.Hester (ASU); Optical: NASA/ESA/J.Hester & A.Loll (ASU); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Gehrz (Univ. Minn.)

Meg Smith is a writer and journalist  living in Lowell, Mass. In addition to Astropoetica, her poems have appeared previously in The Cafe Review, The Lowell Offering, The Bridge Review, Erosha and many others. She also performs as an Oriental dancer, Morgana, and is an avid researcher of Middle Eastern history and culture. She welcomes visits to her Web site,