We learn the solar system like it’s on a plane:

flat, horizontal, beyond but not below,

Andromeda due west, Alpha Centauri east,

Helios running bowling ball sunshine down the alley to Pluto and Quaoar, Sedna and Haumea,

all knocked out of the game out of technicality, but


if the game gets too loud, who is there

to bang a broom on the ceiling,

screaming to keep it down?

What celestial body calls the cops of the heavens,

screams about noise pollution, about

Voyager, an unwanted Witness canvassing at his door?


Star Sailor, careen your submersible

and descend to the underneath —

the cosmos below us.

Tilt your compasses to the unseen below.


We are almost all the way to Heaven.