Marbles by John C. Mannone

Marbles
John C. Mannone

My solar system is a mobile of marbles circling the sun.
But not any simple sun like all the others bending space
and time. Here, space-time warps right back. Each time
the red dwarf flares, light loops into another dimension,
while taking a piece of the star with it, reshaping starfire
into a hypercube, each face in a different dimension.

And the planets and their moons are like a jar of marbles
piling up in a honeycomb stack. From my outpost world
of Theta-Ceti 5, I peer through the telescope into the past
when all we did was simply orbit the sun in a flat plane.

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