Phoenix II

by Karen A. Romanko

Where does she begin
and the ship end?
Organicmech, perfect fighter
500 years to wonder

The sun calls ...
She answers, but why?
Strange altar --
Immolation by star

Fiery tentacles
draw her to the flame,
crimson conflagration ...
celestial song

The daughter is born
to solar flares' herald
Risen from ashes,
she understands

Copyright © 2003, Karen A. Romanko

by Johannes Hevelius

Karen A. Romanko is the editor and publisher of sf/f/h and mystery e-zine Raven Electrick. Her recent and forthcoming credits include poems and stories in Strange Horizons, The Pedestal Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, EOTU Ezine, Aoife's Kiss, Full Unit Hookup and sidereality.

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