And Then We Finally Understood Love

She choose him and in
Choosing him she chose the
Sweetness over what was bitter.
With him everything was better.

So their love moved toward
The center of all, pulling together until it
Became so dense and small
And packed tight with devotion
That it exploded.

Then,
after a pause,
the cooled nothing space of this creation
turned gracefully to stars.

This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows Sh 2-106, or S106 for short. This is a compact star forming region in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan). A newly-formed star called S106 IR is shrouded in dust at the centre of the image, and is responsible for the surrounding gas cloud’s hourglass-like shape and the turbulence visible within. Light from glowing hydrogen is coloured blue in this image.

Virtuoso

My life has seen a certain lack of applause

At least when you think about Clapton —

And is it because I never learned Chinese?

Or that I never uncovered a proclivity

For the knitting needle?

Or the need to tame tigers,

Or the unquenchable desire

To cross the sea in a kayak?

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The Great Awakening

When she woke there was his head on her pillow, like it belonged. Her arm was a sash below his folded hands, and all three rested on his rising chest, forever. The first thought she had that morning, then, as her shoulder lay like a sweet pancake on top of his, was astonishment that the eyelash on her lover’s cheek would ever consider escape. tumblr_m47fxmkCrK1qhwidio1_400