The James Webb Space Telescope


Photo by Felix Mittermeier on


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


or perhaps

in an encroaching ocean of ice

a swimmer with fins or flukes

paddles toward

the warmer equator


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