Lucifer Defiant

With reckless wonder it falls across the sky
Sputtering and sparking
In fiery showers of heavenly light
Cast from the furnaces
Half-formed, half-burnt, and half-alive

It is the inherent pleasure
As it journeys through the dark
That cushions and caresses its stinging descent
Failing at last
In the briefest of moments
When the anger engorges and the pain fills the gap

The cold iron and fury intermix as one
As it tumbles in its traitorous fall
Thrown from the stars by a petulant Master
Lucifer defiant
While the Earth stands still


Jenny Rae Rappaport  Jenny Rae Rappaport's website lives with her husband and cat in central New Jersey, and is currently working on a novel. Her non-fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and her microfiction in Thaumatrope. She is a 2002 graduate of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and a 2009 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.  In her copious spare time, she knits and hand-dyes yarn.

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