Aphelion Issue 226, Volume 22
March 2018
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All Succumb to the Cosmos

by Maria DePaul

Even meteors land, lights blazing across the sky,
Flickering into dust as pebbles fall to Earth.

Disintegrating on contact, meteor showers
End in crashes, succumbing to gravity.

No matter how high anyone soars,
Frailty brings all back down to Earth.

Even rogue planets eventually yield to
The pull of massive stars or black holes.

Regardless of weight, size, form or function,
Cosmic forces form our true Alpha and Omega.

2017 Maria DePaul

Maria DePaul is a writer based in Washington, DC, whose work has been featured in Haiku Journal, Nature Writing, Poetry Quarterly, Three Line Poetry, Violet Windows, Wax Poetry and Art, and "Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology." Look for her work in upcoming issues of Illumen, Plum Tree Tavern, Scifiakuest, and Speculative 66.

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