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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015


Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rivers of Heaven

Amaranth oozes into orange and yellow. And at last, the shifting veil of half-light fades to a clear zaffre morning. Sun warms my torch-ship, standing tall and needle-thin against the horizon.

Through the com-stat crackles: mark 10 to lift off.

sifting memories
shuffling feelings
long forgotten
I close the door
on the familiar

The thrust to escape earth's gravity is over quickly. I hit the booster switch and sling-shot my ship away past the moon and beyond . . .

my quartz-glass window
the earth
a patchwork ball
floating in a black sea

in this silent vacuum
no shadows
except my own fears
and incomplete dreams

far from home
with my feet firm
on a new planet
I listen to whispers
. . . alien voices

night falls
with beating wings—
cracks in the sky
reveal star-streams
in this uncharted heaven

Author's Note: Rivers of Heaven is another name for the Milky Way.



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