Sunday, April 07, 2013

Star Mouths

A starfish's mouth is underneath,
in the center of the rays. Is that where stars
keep their mouths? In the middle of all that

radiance, busy with loops, promontories,
flares and solar storms; hidden by constantly
moving body parts. Does a star have teeth

or a beak? Is there an urchin shell inside
the photosphere? Do they graze etheric algae
as they travel the heavens? Next thought:

(this is frightening) What preys on star fish?
What keeps them from multiplying, choking
out the dark and filling the sky with

star mouths, opening and closing, making
the Milky Way into a dentist's advert video
for echinoderms? Something must

and maybe it's just as well that the sky isn't
packed with stars and their terrible teeth,
visible only from underneath.

Available! High-Voltage Lines, Knocking from Inside

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