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Armchair Observatory

December 7-9, 2010

by Oonah V. Joslin

NASA December 7th

big hungry black hole
swimming in starriness
living on light

NASA December 8th

This is not Earth through rose-tinted glasses
no holiday beach
no desert resort.

In this compressed horizon
brimful, rimful of rusty dust
devoid of human scale.

Not the tranquillity crater
moon base
close to home.

Opportunity is on a one-way trip.
Unmanned. A rover.

NASA December 9th

Says I to the Great Bear,

‘Here is a bowl of indigo pink Arp’s Loop soup, swirled with a clockwise twist and finished off with a dollop of perfect gold like Cornish cream. And for dessert, a little Milky Way.

‘Thank you,’
says Bear.
‘It tastes
just right.’

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NASA image, December 7

NASA image, December 8

NASA image, December 9

Copyright © 2011 by Oonah V. Joslin

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