In the meantime

A picture appears
on the front page,

a milky square
of color, Aquamarine—

The Color of the
Universe
, determined

by defining the average
shade of 200,000 galaxies.

She is churned up,
borne off-balance

by the electrostatic
blue—so many

stars, pockets
of planets, groups

of moons. All that
space—

The inhabitant
of her abdomen

flickers, a moth darts in
and out of light.

Pixels on the page
collide, her notion

of night, the dark, her
solitude begins to shift.


-Kate Rubick 3/22/05