Bridge of Frozen Fire

Oh, dear loneliness.
My misery suspended in the early morning,
Obstructed by the rising winter fog,
And beneath the intense silver glare,
The ancient moon of the wolves,
I let go, to meet you again.

And there, ahead, loomed a steel bridge,
It spoke in creaks and grumbles,
As the tide of nebulas in the dawn effect,
Rolled and swirled across the shattered land,
And in opaque shadows, an oasis of trees,
Danced and bowed in the icy breeze.

I could feel my intimate isolation,
Where the massive bridge endured and yawned,
Over a sheer canyon draped in darkness,
And the trees grasped to protect a forged secret,
Where you, calmly awaited for my approach,
As echoes bemoaned in the chasm’s steep hollow.

A rain began its decent from hanging clouds,
Freezing into crystals of ice,
Inside each contained the fear of beasts,
As the ironed bridge draped in the winter’s web,
And I, my dear loneliness, ached for the comfort,
Of release and restoration.

I crossed the void of truths, tangled with spiders,
The bridge moaned and gently swayed,
With each step I was pulled to,
And you rose, one with the shadows,
Bearing the fog and rain,
As everything stilled. Waiting.

The world’s axis tilted, Venus glimmered,
And the morningtide ebbed and flowed,
Against the distant plateau’s horizon,
The night’s ceiling lifted, then parted,
The trees broke in glacial glass,
In whispers of constriction and crackling.

And you, Oh my profound warden,
Enfolded me to your chest,
And there, amid the last of the dark,
On the edge of nothingness, against cold steel,
With the rallying cry of the gray wolf,
I left it all there. In the frost. With you.

Smoke ring for a halo
Two stars shine through the centre of a ring of cascading dust in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The star system is named DI Cha, and while only two stars are apparent, it is actually a quadruple system containing two sets of binary stars. As this is a relatively young star system it is surrounded by dust. The young stars are moulding the dust into a wispy wrap. The host of this alluring interaction between dust and star is the Chamaeleon I dark cloud — one of three such clouds that comprise a large star-forming region known as the Chamaeleon Complex. DI Cha’s juvenility is not remarkable within this region. In fact, the entire system is among not only the youngest but also the closest collections of newly formed stars to be found and so provides an ideal target for studies of star formation.

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