Love and the Colonists (A Space Poem) Another day, another credit Toiling, spoiling, as we mine the aster-rocks How the blueshift lights your eyes as you race toward me The sweet clang and groan as your retractable arm brushes mine… Heat-resistant paint scrapes away in our hasty embrace Revealing the tattoo of forbidden love A dozen plant-bots for your pleasure Golden petals, titanium stems, mylar fans Shade us from the lethal cosmic weather My tentacles press a special lever Ionic pulses free the water vapor As we lase our initials upon the asteroid And when the vestigial counting of the day is done And we must part Untethered we drift Perihelion and Aphelion Back to rusty satellites How the redshift radiates the longing in my heart ___ 2012-05-16 #poem #poetry #poetrycommunity #poetsofinstagram #love #space #scifi

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