The last tenuous ties to home
stretch and snap in the airless ink of space.
Hand prints fade on the cold glass
membrane separating life from emptiness.
It is full to the brim… my emptiness smiles.
Before me blooms a nebula riotous with colors
Like an unruly English garden.
Radiation spilling out like scents in all directions.
Ashes to ashes… dust to dust.
New stars glimmer from the compost of old stars.
Their afterbirth spilling out… messy with life.
I inhabit my ship like a conscience.
Arguing with myself as the metal shell moves through crowds
of atoms… particles… dust… etching their impacts on my skin.
I calculate the duration of my toughness and integrity,
steer my path and titrate my interactions.
so I may last the duration of the voyage.
There… a quiet, dark corner of the newly dubbed Pig Nebula.
Like the fertile dank under a log or rock.
Sheltered by distance or chance from the bright blast of giants
And their angry sterilizing exhalations.
A small yellow star still wrapped in an obscuring placenta of dust
My ship’s a steel spore, embeds within the dust… and waits…
Thank you, Amy Jasek! Thank you for the opportunity to write, create, and share this in your National Poetry Month project here:
Here are some of the websites from Amy I’d like to share with everyone and I encourage y’all to check these out:
I hope I am not wearing out the tagging welcome by doing this again, the fourth time in three days… but I would like to ask all the wonderful WotWU writers to check out Amy Jasek’s Film Shooters Collective and National Poetry Month project blog pages and social media links.
Also, I invite y’all to take Ruby Berry’s photo at the top of this page, and write your own poem or other inspired work based on it. Please don’t use the image unless you get her permission. Tag me so I can follow, and tag anyone else you want to invite to the prompt.
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Here are some other images that Ruby Berry’s photograph reminded me of (all taken from the Wikipedia page on nebulas):