stranded observatory by Herb Kauderer

stranded observatory
Herb Kauderer

the cylinder spins
green grey
bathing in starlight

dining on icerocks
on radiation

on one side
a light dies

awaiting too long
an errant spark

a mutation of fuel
side effect of cosmic rays

a renewal of heat
to inform the homeworld
of their observers’ plight

in hopes of rescue
or at least burial

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