Cover art is "Astronaut" by Kevin Roodhorst (whose other work can be found at ).
Dedicated to Professor Nancy White
"Which way is up? I'm falling. Good God, I'm falling."
- Ray Bradbury, "Kaleidoscope"
Space station sentinel
staunch in the deep night of space.
Paranoid Argus dartly glares,
accuses masked murder and invasion
at the red-winking, blue- blinking
eye masses and clusters that surround
the lonely, little
blue eyeball Earth.
He protects in spins and circles
around her -
of a young and fear-fouled planet.
Gaze out one of his thick, clear eyes -
invisible officers, guards
of unseen air –
and wonder if the fear
is, or isn't,