Rushing past the whites
of the universe’s eyes
pale, not-blue, and heavy–
despairing in the dust
of old life–while, perhaps,
the embers of carbon
the combination generating
the warm blue glow
of a new species, Perseid’s
sister waiting for the dust
And dust covered Caroline’s rose.
Sand left to blow between the cacti
and scatter by scorpions’ legs
finally settling for the night on
the black pettles in place of dew.
She saw the dust in the sky and drew
it down where it could only fade, not
disband. A singular interpretation,
an anomaly, hidden between the sheets
of a girl’s journal. All the while,
the world continued to turn the pages
of masculine calculations waiting
for the wind to flip the page
of the rose-colored book.
Holding your breath in what seems empty space.
Reality; bits of lives scattered throughout
molecules, atoms, minuscules of matter invisible
to the eye. I see you. And I left you.
Standing at the bus stop, waiting for me to arrive
so I could say goodbye.
I know you wish that carbon and helium would mix,
expand, explode, create in a moment of destruction.
Memories between us left shattered, broken bonds
into a mushroom cloud of hydrogen, simplest
of them all packing a bang like none-other.
An exciting event approaches! On July 19th a magical thing will happen. A picture of the Earth will be taken…from past Saturn by Cassini. And I think that we should all be a part of it. Not only should we turn and give a wave, but let’s give a sonnet, or any type of poem, to Saturn and Cassini that day. Because we are all on that blue dot, and we’re not going anywhere for a while. It’s the perfect moment to remember, how wonderful and perfect this dust mote is floating in a sunbeam.
So here’s your mission! Email me a poem at email@example.com! I suggest a sonnet but I’m happy to see anything besides as well! And on July 19th, throughout the day, I will post the poems of those who have shared with me so that whole day we can send our love to Saturn. Share these poems with the world and let’s remember what it’s like to be a pixel in space.
In your email, please include your poem (pasted into the email and in a .docx attachment), your name (or how you want to be represented), a picture of you or a picture that you feel represents you (please only send me pictures that you have the rights to, aka, pictures you have taken), and if you want to include a website or any other information let me know.
Please read more about this amazing opportunity from Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team.
If you would like to take my recommendation of writing a Sonnet to Saturn and Cassini you can learn more about the form that goes into a sonnet and the different types see here.