Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Solar System Poems 10: Falcon and Masters

The peregrine soars 
sent by its masters to find
scientific prey.

Itokawa sits
battered but unchanged since the
birth of history.

Thirty month journey.
Confused but still determined,
the falcon alights.

The masters see all:
the seas of gravel and rock
through peregrine eyes.

Prey is elusive.
Masters call to return home
with talons empty.

Wounded but living,
with fifty more months of flight
the falcon obeys.

Air thick and fiery,
peregrine transforms itself
into a phoenix.

Masters see, grooming,
falcon's talons now covered
with priceless jewels.

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