The James Webb Space Telescope

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somewhere in the clouds and gas

of a dying star

revolve cooling planets

on one of which

gasps a creature of sensibility

and intellect

reaching out with tentacles

to touch its shivering child

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or perhaps

in an encroaching ocean of ice

a swimmer with fins or flukes

paddles toward

the warmer equator

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for thousands of years

this dimming star

in the southern ring nebula

has sent out halos

of vapor and dust

in all directions

a requiem of

souvenirs of itself