Excerpt from Cosmos by Christine Valters Paintner

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The following poem appears in our Spring/Summer 2018 issue. The entire issue is available for purchase in print or digital format.

That first moment,
explosion of fire and fury
a stampede of suns
light poured into the dark
chalice of space
sparks wheel across
the dome overhead.

We look to the inky sky
to track creatures formed there,
crab and scorpion, lion and bear
stars which died a million years ago
still throbbing with impossible light.

CHRISTINE VALTERS PAINTNER is an American poet and writer living in Galway, Ireland. Her poems have been published in The Galway Review, Boyne Berries, Headstuff, Skylight 47, Crannog, North West Words, Spiritus Journal, Tiferet, Anchor, Presence, ARTS, U.S. Catholic, The Blue Nib, and Artis Natura. Her first collection, Dreaming of Stones, will be published by Paraclete Press in 2019. You can find more of her writing at AbbeyoftheArts.com.

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