Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Solar System Poems 18: The Inuit and the astronomers

The Inuit know Sedna lives 
in the icy deep,
flung to the bottom of the Arctic,
but there are many differing stories 
about how she got there.

So it is with her namesake,
who has gathered a pod of worshipers
hoping she grants good luck in their hunts.

In the slow, deep time of space,
where the Sun has little interest 
she circles, considering,
redder than blood, colder than ice.

The astronomers know Sedna orbits
at the outer reaches of the solar system,
retreating over 900 AU from the Sun,
but there are many differing theories
about how it got there.

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