Closing In…

 

Far behind now: blue-white world,

Waterworld, world of feathered clouds and

Oceans deep, steep, snow-capped mountains

And deserts of powdered amber.

Ahead, above, beneath, all around: blackness,

Ebony abyss studded with sequin stars

Bisected by mottled vapour trail – the

Sun-frothed spine of the Milky Way.

 

A year of nothing. Waiting. Watching

The dark get darker as Earth’s glow

Slowly fades o’er my shoulder.

 

And then…

 

Ahead: a glint of gold.

A yellow grain among the dust.

 

It grows.

 

A yellow peppercorn now, how bright

It seems against the void.

 

It grows…

 

A butterscotch-hued bead now,

Sewn onto the star-embroidered cloak

Of night…

 

What a sight suddenly! A marble

Now, dipped in caramel

With toffee whirls and honey swirls

Streaked across its face.

 

I rush on silently, imagining

Stars streaking past in Enterprise style,

Hearing the solar wind howling in my ears

As I close in on –

 

A tiger-striped ball now, fat with cloud,

Bloated and branded with auburn bands

And strands of coffee-coloured haze

Dotted with cinnamon spots –

 

And still it grows…

 

 

© Stuart Atkinson 2007

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