All the marbles

"'Hot Jupiter' Orbits Distant Star": image by David Aguilar.  (Image courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.)

“‘Hot Jupiter’ Orbits Distant Star”: image by David Aguilar. (Image courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.)

Playing marbles
on this manhole cover
beside the street

I pit my milky moons
against the hot Jupiter
you slowly turn
in your pocket

its equatorial bulge
the excess
I hope to snag
in some stray corner
of this maze.

See this innocuous pink planet
I’ve been saving?

If I’m lucky,
it will rush in
and find your giant
sleeping.

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