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"The nights are wholesome—then no planets strike"

–Hamlet, Act I, Scene i

Green seas of grass

wave in archived footage,

verdant crescent grins

around farm circumferences

on this outback planet

half-way to nowhere.

Brow plowed by deep furrows,

she scans the desolation

of a battered surface

pockmarked by asteroids,

the constant rain of ten rotations

now stilled.

Stranded from the outer galaxy,

she signs over her last ranch credits

but flashes her best come-hither smile

at the tall terraform engineer

and takes a gamble on twenty years

of wholesome nights.




Deborah P. Kolodji is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a member of the Haiku Society of America. Her poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Dreams and Nightmares, Illumen, Scifaikuest, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Simply Haiku, and many other places. She has also published four chapbooks of poetry. You can see more of Deborah's work on her website, or you can contact her at dkolodji@aol.com.
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