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Space Bugs 

My boyfriend said:
I gotta show you this video.
They think there are things living in space.
We watch footage of the space station.
A tether falls away
from the main ship & is greeted
by some things as big as dinner plates.

Caption: The objects pulse
at a steady rate of 37 beats per minute.

They are one-celled & glow
like lightning bugs
with glowing flight paths,
round bodies,
fluttering edges,
& dark centers,
like jellyfish 47 nautical miles from
the surface of the moon
& farther from
earth's oceans.

Caption: The objects move contradictory
to the predicted flight path.

Space bugs gather around the fallen tether,
they flutter,
& as they bounce
the tether began to glow like their pulsing bodies.

— Christina Jellison

Christina Jellison lives in Butler and is a recent graduate of Carlow University, where she studied Creative Writing. She was the winner of the Carlow University Award for Excellence in Creative Writing as well as the honorable mention for the Marilyn P. Donnelly Poetry Award. She is currently working on a project looking at the news and the facts that are presented in media sources. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.


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