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Deborah P. Kolodji is a single mother of three who supports her poetry habit by working as a network administrator. Her work has appeared in publications such as Mythic Delirium, Poetpourri, and St. Anthony Messenger Magazine. This poem appeared in Tales of the Unanticipated #17 (Winter 1997).


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Pluto Waltzes

by Deborah P. Kolodji

at the edge partnered in eccentricity
embracing a moon-spouse in the icy darkness
twirling oddball lovers oblivious
to the natural turnings of the universe
dancing out of step, leaning askew
hearing the flutes of a minuet
while the solar system fox trots

to tunes of terrestrial worlds & gas giants.
Being neither, two faces eternally locked
whirling a two hundred and forty-eight year old
dance tour & as heat increases, steamy
endearments become enveloping methane clouds
bubbling with nitrogen before do-si-do-ing
into the winter of atmospheric snowfall.