Orbiting

August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are elliptical,
circling the same solar system
a shared sun –

I am an asteroid,
caught in the gravity of a central star,
flung past planets
to the outer rings until
its brilliance pulls me back around

– and you,
circling that same bright sun
accompanied by gleaming satellites
of your own, atomic –

How many times did we bypass one another
all unknowing?

Did I ever pass near enough
to paint a streak of fire
through your atmosphere?

Was I ever flung close enough
to feel the heat of your skin
and wreathe myself in light from
that brush of contact?

Years
before my oval orbit
and your spinning cycles
coincided:
a conjunction in the black

(what meaning
would ancient astrologers give
to such an event?)

now I
am orbiting
you

pulled into the
gravity
of your presence –
dancing light across your sky,
set aflame
just by drawing close
to you.

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