First published in the premier issue of Eye to the Telescope, an online journal of speculative poetry published by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The premier issue, which appeared in May of 2011, celebrated short and long forms of poetry.

Never mind two suns in the sunset

or interspecies romance,

this Valtekian can’t make any of his ends meet,

can’t put ipsum on the table

or a shoe on his child’s foot.

The volcanoes have been hyperactive this parsec-shift

and with trade to Fornash curtailed by two-thirds,

the economy has earthed for everyone.

Where’s a supernova when you need one,

or at least a drachma found on a moving sidewalk?