Cerberus

Pluto and its moons.  Cerberus was recently proposed as a name for the moon currently designated P5.  Image credit: Hubble Space Telescope / NASA

Pluto and its moons. Cerberus was recently proposed as a name for the moon currently designated P5. Image credit: Hubble Space Telescope / NASA

Want to visit dead places?

You’ll have to pass
the three-headed dog first

and yes, he bites

so if you’re still living
bring a substitute

fresh meat
or a lullaby

and hope for the best

get in close
stroke his fur
speak in a high voice

assure him

that you belong
in the icy ring
on the other side

you, calm and dead
as those small rocks

and as he rolls onto the floor
sated
and dreams of flesh

slip unnoticed
through the gate
into the cold.

2 comments
  1. oldwolfmcmlxiii said:

    Fluffy likes Music being played ……

  2. Greek myth rules, and you handle so nicely the scariest dog in literature (sorry Stephen King). I read a book about the Kuiper belt, so it sounds like there’s plenty of Underworld out past Pluto that’s going to need naming! After long silence, nice reading you again!

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