Lonely stars all on their own

rolling through vast caverns of time

dripping cold echoing light

persistently immortal

suspended anticipation

collisions in this spacious

round about forever time

adds up and goes out

stalactites loosened

from a moments eager tear

crashing onto cavern floor

waters intruding fate

takes and gives away

comes and grows up

forgetting its last move

one molecule at a time left

all of this from sleeping light

from freeze dried firmament

and it from mystical

brittle stiff formula

a tabulation of thought

somehow soft and surreal

contemplating inside out

around the corners

Object Names: M74, NGC 628

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Acknowledgment: R. Chandar (University of Toledo) and J. Miller (University of Michigan)