Hydrogen, ionized oxygen

And dust

Hide a heart

Light-years from Earth

But in 1764

Charles Messier

Rescued it from oblivion

Dragging the first planetary nebula

Into the spotlight

Whether it wanted fame or not

Nicknamed “The Dumbbell”

No doubt due to its shape

It conjures up an alternate meaning

To overthinking English speakers

Who wonder if its heart is breaking

From an impulsive mistake

Made eons ago

In the starry ballroom of space


© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: space.com



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