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He leapt so high
with his child legs
that he kept going

and much to his surprise
as he pushed through the air
his wings didn’t melt
so near the sun

all regrets dripped away
as he came to see things
there among the planets
once obscured
by cloud and distance

so distracted by beauty
he didn’t know
his shoes fell off in the trip up
and parachuted down
like a discarded stage
and came to rest on this wire
engulfed in birds.

Asteroid Ida and its moon.  Image credit: NASA/JPL.

Asteroid Ida and its moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL.

I mine this asteroid
with the precision
of a grizzly bear
pawing at a tree.

I keep clawing
at the stability

until I break
the memory
in the force-chain

and trigger an avalanche

the pile easing
completely

the dust peeling off

into new
space.

you are hereYou are here
on this primary color earth
near the spiked sun.

You are here
clumped with friends

at the Lagrange point
between the basketball hoops.

You are here
barely pulled

when a girl bursts through
in her wide orbit

that slowly decays
along the white paint.

Pluto's moons. The moon Nix is named after the Greek goddess of the night.  Image credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI) and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team.

Pluto’s moons. The moon Nix is named after the Greek goddess of the night. Image credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI) and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team.

In the last narrows
of the last cave

she

unattainable

slips into the shadows

no, is the shadows.

Can you discern her frame
from the other shades
of darkness

as you dive
the long slow dive
like a descending leaf
towards her?

Is she beautiful?

Is she shapely?

Is she beautiful

she who quivers
in the cold corners

wrapped in black sky
beaded sparsely with stars?

Is she beautiful

she who out of sheer
restlessness

begets Sleep
and finally
Death?