When I See The Newly Discovered Pastel Planet
for TOI 1338b discovered by a 17 year old NASA intern
Know I’ll soon awake, a tent over my house.
Bubble of plastic, scientist run in
and out of a vacuum-sealed tunnel which spouts
from the open rectangle which had been
my front door when I fell asleep before
the fear of radioactive spores led
doctors in space suits to my second floor —
there the cotton candy hued light imbedded
unknowingly, in my chest will pulse in
bubblegum pastels demanding egress.
Soon subject of a failed experiment,
alien in raspberry toile sundress,
rides a pink bike across your baby blue moon
toward my opalescent space commune.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com