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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 130 words
By Rebekah E. Bartlett

Planet 9 from Outer Space

Whizzing paper ships that cross 
eddies of the empty to that place 
where planet 9 sweeps round the dot 
above the i. That distant sun we 
feel its warmth but planet 9 
if perturbations mean it’s there 
does not 

A plan to come to us 
by particle or wave no less 
fantastic than some grand oblate 
dark quiet cold and passing 
above beneath unknown except 
a bobble here 
a wobble 

where planet 9 weirds on, a 
fiction till the day it turns up 
on the doorstep so to speak 
a satellite squeak, a bump 
four pixels wide, a creature 
shuddering through 
the night 

Relic of the grand creation 
of the willing into being 
of what is not and yet 
what we must believe to be 

Rebekah E. Bartlett
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

is a consulting editor, writer, photographer, and amateur astronomer. She lives near and works in Boston and has an MA degree from the University of Massachusetts. She has upcoming or published poetry in the South Florida Poetry Journal, Viewless Wings, and Please See Me.

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