Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 Poem 22: My favorite planet

We tend to take it for granted.
When we get questions about
our favorite planets
we all too often wander off
about the glories of Olympus Mons
or the rings of Saturn
or shouldn't Titan count, too
or look at this neat lightcurve data
suggesting maybe there's something else like it
really really far away.
But too rarely does someone just say

It wasn't so long ago
that inquiry was met with
for suggesting Earth was a planet,
and even now we live in
our separate towers.
Yet we all move
through cataclysms and solar wind,
enduring deluges of water and ethane,
as dunes march in formation
across one plate or many.
Earth science
planetary science.

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