Glitz by Mariel Herbert


All of us are stardust
beneath two courts
held in high regard

We clamor
as these gilded asters
open to pyrotechnics
to flares of flashbulbs

And firelight reveals
those weighty scales
the odd constellation
named for an object

A few chosen stars
draft our destruction
across the night sky
while we judge
base metals
as bullion

At the end we hold
our earthly bodies
in the expanding dark

Mariel Herbert’s speculative poems have appeared in Eye to the Telescope, Liminality, and Star*Line, among others. She lives in Northern California with her family, one high-maintenance dog, and many low-maintenance books. Mariel also runs a few science fiction and fantasy reading groups, and she can be found online at

Image Credit: Libra constellation []