19th July 2013
Today a lens will point towards our home,
Reveal how it appears from distant space
As if to catch from that celestial dome
A reassuring glimpse of our own face.
Propelled beyond the orbit that we know
By thirst for truth and hunger to explore
We satisfied the dreams of long ago
And sent a questing ship to Saturn’s shore.
Almost a thousand million miles was run,
Cassini turns an eye towards the Earth
As mighty Saturn eclipses the Sun,
Reminds us what our tiny speck is worth.
Therefore today a moment try and save
To do that sweetly human thing, and wave.
– Sue Couch
Follow Sue on Twitter at @suzifulham and find more of her poetry on her blog.
This poem was submitted by the author as a contribution for the poetic celebration of #DayEarthSmiled #WaveatSaturn as Cassini turns to image Saturn and Earth. To read more about this project and this day see here.