Photo by Tomáš Malík

Do not ask who did this to her,
who shattered her to her core.

Do not ask what she remembers
of the larger self she’s lost.

Examine her battered surface,
drenched in frozen tears,

tears shed by lesser asteroids
to cloak her naked metal.

Ask only if she’s comfortable,
offering to move her sunward.

Then be silent. Keep her company.
Let her speak in her own time.

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Mary Soon Lee
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her book "Elemental Haiku," containing haiku for each element of the periodic table, has just been published by Ten Speed Press. Her website is and she tweets at @MarySoonLee.