WELSH GHAZAL

Esther Mürer

In the night sky there are billions of stars,
and despite the smog from millions of cars
you can sometimes see Mars there in the sky. 

While you may wander lonely as a cloud,
don't try to swathe the welkin like a shroud;
you're simply not allowed, there in the sky. 

Try to imagine how poor Pluto felt,
demoted to dwarf from the Kuiper belt.
What a low blow was dealt, there in the sky! 

Eye that phenomenon of lift and thrust,
hurtling out to realms of galactic dust —
the spaceship Wanderlust, there in the sky! 

Why, in the wake of the blizzard's furor,
is that ship upside down? A superior
mirage: concave mirror there in the sky.