desire tumbling

Star Lapse

above ambient light
robotic telescopes
observe on mountaintops…
and chart star dust labors
of long birthings
in clouds of nebulae…
catch red dwarfs dying
their insanities of edge
all in light years tumbling

as inside that frigid vault
lovers close embrace
wrapped deep in down
their edges joined…
dispersing with the universe
through insensate space
mingling dust to dust
and tumbling in desire

Counting Ten Billion Stars

Counting Ten Billion Stars

When astrophysicists explain
infinities of space,
they enter into realms
cryptic and consequential
as transcendent faith.

It’s as if they are describing
the color lilac
to someone blind since birth
as an essence to intuit
from the dense fragrance
in a lilac’s bloom.

I read their estimation
that for every human being
ever living on our Earth
there are ten billion stars
in the universe.

This could be wrong.
The numbers could be off…
a billion here and there.
Of course, I cannot see my stars
there in the dark night sky,
yet I sense their essence
so distant and profound.

Bonnie Marshall

Relativity Awareness

Relativity Awareness

where wind sways grasses
on a Cape Cod beach…
and fiddler crabs
wave claws in sea-foam…
and piping plovers
pick at white sand…
a brown-gold spider
excretes a killing space
of silver filament

arachnid silk pattern spinner…
eight-legged creator
of elegant design…
synchronicity in motion…
just a small analogy
to computer linking
and tangles in the universe…
relativity awareness

Bonnie Marshall