The rose-colored discovery

NGC 7789: Caroline’s Rose: A deep sky discovery made by Caroline Herschel in the 18th century. Read more about this image on APOD.

The rose-colored discovery

And dust covered Caroline’s rose.
Sand left to blow between the cacti
and scatter by scorpions’ legs
finally settling for the night on
the black pettles in place of dew.
She saw the dust in the sky and drew
it down where it could only fade, not
disband. A singular interpretation,
an anomaly, hidden between the sheets
of a girl’s journal. All the while,
the world continued to turn the pages
of masculine calculations waiting
for the wind to flip the page
of the rose-colored book.


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