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< these stars treat us too well > by Ray Heinrich
published in Volume 4, Issue 1 on September 4th, 1997

         the stars drop silently
         each message lit
         through years and years 
         of vacuum
         evaporated 
         all the first sweet essence
         until us
         poor souls of lead once uranium
         linger
         turn 
         like jupiter 
         who thinks he's mercury
         like saturn 
         who wants to be distant pluto
         willing to give up her rings 
         for a far dark silence

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