Singularity
by Vernita Hall

for Suhanni

 

Even among stars she’s a dazzler

this three-year-old, doe-eyed, brown dwarf

 

Spunky as sparked hydrogen she orbits

the kitchen in Black Panther pjs

 

or revolves past, breezily ballooning

her pink princess petticoat

 

electrically, eclectically radiant

eyes two blazing sunspots

 

erupting with mischief and mirth

black hair a nebula of tangles

 

combed into a constellation

of rainbowed-bead-bound braids

 

circling a dimpled sphere of face

glowering or aglow

 

petulant or persuasive

She is diva-licious

 

She is revolution

a seed-speck of dust

 

layered in light and shadow

like a black pearl, light years ahead of us

 

She brings you one by one her galaxy

of dolls, invites you into her world

 

The attraction is irresistible

The point is always her

 

singularity

her being celestial

 

leaving you eternally star-struck

as stars do

Science Museum Space Exploration

Source:  American Poetry Review, Sep/Oct 2020