The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Summer 2022 (issue #2)

17 | Cosmos Blossoming by Joshua St. Claire

from the silicon world
gently embrace
the robotic servants
of the Terran delegation

from Barnard’s Star
puzzle over
the anomalous radiation
on the lifeless blue planet

time-traveling Narcissus
seeing himself
seeing himself

perpetual motion machine
she grows tired
of her robot lover

cosmos blossoming
across the field
galactic filaments

Joshua St. Claire

Joshua is a certified public accountant who works as a financial controller in Pennsylvania. He enjoys writing on coffee breaks and after helping his wife put their three boys to bed. His speculative poetry is published or forthcoming in Star*Line, The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, The Starlight Scifaiku Review, Scifaikuest, The Space Cadet Science Fiction Review, and White Enso’s Kaidankai podcast, among others.

Editor’s Note: Joshua’s piece, “fingers stroking spines,” which appeared in the debut issue of The Starlight SciFaiku Review was nominated by this publishing house for the SFPA 2022 Dwarf Stars Award and has been selected for inclusion in the Dwarf Stars 2022 anthology by the editors of that publication. Joshua now has a chance to win the award by a popular vote of the SFPA membership.