Scifaiku by Ron Sparks

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split the night
twixt Mars and Jupiter
ISS

05/31/16

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blueshift
spectrum displacement
near Venus

05/30/16

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quarantine beacon;
religion thrives on
this planet

05/30/16

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first miner
of Sol’s asteroids –
NASA’s robot

05/22/16

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they crave sugar;
wayward bacteria
in my gut

05/20/16

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tiny dip
in stellar light
— a planet transits

05/17/16

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centered
in my eyepiece
— the maelstrom’s swirl

05/17/16

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tiny scream
under my boot
first step on Mars

05/15/15

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three human screams
in a single zandar
— cold night

01/20/15

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that scream;
preternatural
— from the attic

01/18/15

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E equals
MC^2?
the tachyon laughed

01/18/15

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in the stratum
lodged in a dino skull
— a bullet

01/18/15

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round hereabouts
aliens squeal
like pigs

12/30/14

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climbing trees
a thirteen-year-old
Legolas

01/20/14

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microscope eyepiece
reveals a tiny figure
waving at me

07/29/13

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ancient fossil
embedded in sediment
wearing bluetooth

07/29/13

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fighting ourselves
we never see
— that alien ship

07/25/13

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it’s not the video;
she really looks
like that

07/23/13

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stuck to my boot –
ferromagnetic
iron oxide

07/22/13

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ignorant
the sun is a star
– Americans

07/22/13

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living a year
in under two days
– Mercury

07/22/13

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that satellite
is wearing a cape!
super moon

07/22/13

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i wear a pressure suit –
how did martian dirt
get there?

07/22/13

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in the men’s room
peeking under my stall
– tentacles

07/22/13

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plastic dinosaur
made from fossil oil –
recursion

07/21/13

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stealing my fish
in cold arctic seas –
giant ningen

07/21/13

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that object
large and artificial
blue shifted

07/21/13

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signal detected
communicating with
a glass of water

07/21/13

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dog-paddling
in zero gee
my beagle

07/21/13

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avoid mankind
field trip diverted
schools of thought

07/21/13

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vermilion star
glares balefully
upon me

07/21/13

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maelstrom pull
across the event horizon
a new universe

07/19/13

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in my helmet
I play reggae
vacuum outside

07/17/13

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she’s pretty
glowing smile and eyes
just bits and bytes

07/17/13

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