Saturn on Steroids

Published by Plum Tree Tavern:

An artist’s illustration of a dust disk resembling Saturn’s rings found around an object 420 light-years from Earth. It may be the first alien planet with rings actually found. The find was announced, Jan. 11, 2012

Up there with the endearing stars and the black pool of the sky
Up there with gravity and mystery and the sun and the moon
Up there beyond the sighs of earth, the chokes of earth
Past the pockets of rain and the
Clouds that are slow white syllables
Is the Winged Creature

Light years away, it peers down on us
Its red face brought forward
It penetrates microscopes
Pumping away with the red blood of celestial force
It defies our laboratories,
Astronomy, astrophysics

We are waking up to it
It is waking up to us
We are looking up at it
It is looking down at us
We sum it up
It sums us down
We study it
It studies us

We call it the ringed object
Saturn on steroids
It thinks of us as the trash steroid of earth and

Cradles us in its warm red hands

Covers us with the red blanket of anti gravity
We are the warm pot of pollution
We are the fumes of money and wealth

We study its rings
It searches for our soul
We study its size, its retrograde spinning
A possible catastrophic collision

We are lost, it declares
Our banks like gleaming objects
Our freeways like kings and queens
White boys at the white table of economy

We try to understand it
It tries to understand us

Maybe it is only our heart

Our disembodied heart
Spinning out of control


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