I click on the headline:
KEPLER SATELLITE FINDS HABITABLE ZONES
possibilities for life
on Earth-like planets
in transit around Sun-like stars.
Beside the article,
a picture of a coiling cluster of stars
I click another headline:
BENGLA TEEN WHIPPED TO DEATH
sentenced along with her cousin,
who raped her
then fled the district of Shariatpur,
to one hundred lashes
for a forbidden affair.
After seventy hits with a bamboo cane,
she surrendered to the blackness
then bled to death in a hospital
several hours later.
Beside the article
by some small mercy
there is no photo.
What happened to Mosammet Hena after the fatwa?
I see her at the milky center of our spiral galaxy
swathed in a billow of ethyl formate
blended with the warmth of a thousand sighing suns,
which neither falter nor fade,
dining on raspberry mousse as airy as clouds
and delicious sponge cake
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