Red Glare

A new telescope rockets into the sky.
Hubbel’s magnification suffers in comparison.

Your birding scope
is good enough to view the moon.

I have no need to see a planet
wobble the light of a distant star.

From the New Mexico desert floor
we watch tourists skyrocket for a quick orbit.

They land and claim they are changed
by looking from on high.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

Very Bad Thing

Delphi’s shoulders are now much smaller
thus do not hold up the world anymore.

At least she asked for help
and we all pitched in to steady earth’s orbit.

We took turns spreading liniment
on achy muscles we could not reach ourselves.

Delphi made a schedule
so not everyone would help the same day.

Tomorrow we must realign the planet
so Wisconsin is not at the equator.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney