Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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by Bob Brill

a beam of starlight
three thousand years
on its journey
reaches Earth just in time
to pass through a momentary hole
in the cloud cover
penetrate my eyeballs
unleash cascades of neurons
and trigger the manifold circuits of wonder

other clouds move in
and snuff out great Deneb
but a few million neurons
still zing around my brain
finally to extrude a poem

© 2010 Bob Brill

Bob Brill is a retired computer programmer now devoting his energies to writing fiction and poetry. He has published fiction in Lunarosity, Bewildering Stories, Flashquake, M-Brane SF and other journals, as well as short memoir pieces in Flashquake. His poems have appeared in Simply Haiku, Prune Juice, 3Lights Gallery, 3Lights Journal, Aphelion, The Battered Suitcase, and Frogpond. He is the featured senryu poet in the Autumn 2009 issue of Simply Haiku.

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