Monthly Archives: October 2012

Text from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Chapter CX: Elysian Fields. The underlying image is a close-up shot from Cassini; one of Saturn’s moons, Daphnis, appears just to the right of the words “I plough” ploughing through the rings and creating ripples. Cassini image credit: CICLOPS/Cassini/NASA.

“Sand Dunes Thawing on Mars,” Astronomy Picture of the Day on March 3, 2008. Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA.

The polite
of these sand dunes

too formal
and removed
for a desert

always in danger
of slipping
at the angle of repose
into something


First picture of Neptune taken by Voyager 2 (1989). Credit: NASA/JPL.

Attached as I am

to your arms
with their heat

closer than
a distal planet
with none

still I find myself
pumping warmth
to the extremities

from the embers
on this page.

Strange orange soil on the moon noticed by Harrison Schmitt and collected by Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission (1972). Credit: NASA.

Keep writing

if moon dust
clogs the gears
and coats your clothes

and is the grit
covering your words

brush it away

keep writing.