The messenger burned out and crashed.
Once a quick-silver bullet
Screaming into the sky,
“Listen to me! I have so much to tell you!”
A midnight ride into the sun,
A fever, a poison, a quickening.
Then a slow spin, an empty tank and a fall.
A large silver-scaled fish swims alone in the terrible dark.
The years are fast, but the days are long.
Coffee, work, gentle yoga.
Sushi for dinner.
This is the half-life of Mercury.
Jennifer Waller wrote for the first incarnation of Unlikely Stories, around 1998-2004. She works in real estate in Atlanta, Georgia.