“Saturn, its frozen rings fire-white,
reflecting the sun from a billion miles.
Maybe there’s a word in another language
for when distance dissolves into time.
How are we changed when we stand out
under the fat stars of summer,
our pores opening in the night?
The earth from Saturn is a pale blue orb,
smaller than the heart of whomever you love.”
—Ellen Bass, from “Saturn’s Rings,” in Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)