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Lima, Robert, Phi Kappa Phi Forum

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on."

- Shakespeare

We have been taught our bodies came from dust,

to dust, then, would return at death.

Tonight, I learned that only half a truth was told

for wise astronomers, as one, now state

that Stardust was the matrix ore

of which all things were ultimately made

when, primally, a Supernova burst

and sprinkled its debris across

the far-flung galaxy that's our abode.

Since then, our bodies, made of astral dust,

are longing to locate themselves once more

among the womb of stars.

By Robert Lima

The word astral can relate to the stars as well as to the supernatural, and in "Astrals," Robert Lima draws from his title's two primary definitions. By evoking both the scientific and the miraculous, this meditative poem suggests these concepts to be not opposites but rather a single continuous thread of which the human and universal conditions are woven. Through the meditative poem's resonating final image of the body's desire for a return to its origin, to a place among the stars, Lima integrates the beginnings of the universe and humankind, even as the entire poem shows how much we long to, and fail to, understand fully the nature of that most primal connection. - Sandra Meek, poetry editor

Editor's note: The new Phi Kappa Phi Forum poetry contest is open only to active Society members, published or unpublished. Submissions one per entrant per issue - should be up to 40 lines long and must reflect the theme of the issue. One original, previously unpublished poem is selected from all entries to appear in the printed version of the magazine as a complement to the scholarly articles. Runners-up may be chosen to appear online. The theme of the summer issue is American pride. The deadline to submit material is noon CST Friday, March 13, 2009. Entries will only be accepted by email at poetry@phikappaphi.org. Poet, Berry College professor and PKP member Sandra Meek serves as the poetry editor and judge in consultation with Society management.

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