by Lee Clark Zumpe

Battered crimson ward of Jupiter,
shrouded in red,
brother Io has tinted you
with his sulfurous volcanic breath.

Aging warrior tending to old wounds,
            the incessant barrage
           of micrometeorites cannot compare
to the scars of Pan and Gaea.

Copyright © 2004, Lee Clark Zumpe

Amalthea, moon of Jupiter

Aside from spending hours locked in his spare bedroom working on a new short story or brewing poetry, Lee Clark Zumpe enjoys visiting musty bookstores, reading Lovecraft to his cats, and collecting shells and sand dollars on the beach with his wife. By day, he is a mild-mannered proofreader for Tampa Bay Newspapers. Most recently, his work has appeared in Book of Dark Wisdom, Aoife's Kiss, and Beyond Centauri. He has work scheduled to appear in Weird Tales, Scared Naked, and The Horror Express in the coming months.

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