Poetry

Here’s How Strokes Happen on an Asteroid

Image: Some Russian Dude. CC0/Public domain.
before it touched down a tragedy          and a bit of a mystery descended  
to within five hundred feet of the vast majority
much older people photographed its shadow while falling
deaths in younger age groups hopped to a new location lining an artery
this blurry image of floating forms at the site of the tear travels across the rocky surface
      to the brain         eventually blocking the shadow visible as a small dot of blood
this can happen in a planned landing including when playing sports
      an experiment to measure gravity
it has happened riding rollercoasters currently tilted toward the sun
no one knows why the clot is swept      a bright protrusion near the pole to the brain
      a diamond           an abacus bead
a day is about seven hours long inside the bloodstream
the asteroid spins backwards
a person has a rhythm disturbance in the opposite direction
cutting off a burst           flooding tissue