67P/C-G

two oblong lobes
of rough ice
methane and ammonia
fallen far below
the Kuiper Belt
perturbed by Jupiter
into nearer perihelion
where they warm
the coma sublimes
the tail blurs
a trim probe
relays images from
the twilit surface
as gray and
vacant as sleep
this small craft
a little boat
a dim soul
in an afterlife
in attenuate gravity
in stifling quiet
in the Tuat
to be weighed
against the truth
Thoth and Anubis
at the Scales

John Tipton, "67P/C-G." Copyright © 2017 by John Tipton. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.
Source: PoetryNow (2017)
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