The Right Hand of Starlight

Gretchen Tessmer

The Right Hand of Starlight

she raises her palm

see these lines? not one
without stories

they fill every deep trench
and shallow rivulet 
of flesh and blood
and ink—

yes, ink spilled everywhere

across space, across time
taking shape
springing forth

and curling out of darkness

like seeds of creation, they
tumble from her 
right hand, gracefully

little diamonds
seeking starlight

Gretchen Tessmer is a writer/attorney based in the U.S./Canadian borderlands of Northern New York. She writes both poetry and short fiction. Her work has appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, among other venues.

Editor’s Note: The background stars in the image are the beautiful open cluster called the Jewel Box (NGC 4755 in the Southern hemisphere sky). It was imaged by The FORS1 instrument on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory using very short exposure times: 2.6 seconds through a blue filter, 1.3 seconds through a yellow/green filter and 1.3 seconds through a red filter.

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