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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.