Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Earth's End Hypothesis (Poem)

Exotic Blue Planet HD 189733b (Artist's Impression)
Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (AURA/STScl)

Earth's End Hypothesis

Light years away, a parent star slid
sideways, its 189,733 light particles

blown into alien-deep atmosphere.
Clouds, howling, filled with azure

spots, their true chemical compositions
clues to scientists' tidally locked

observations of still cobalt winds'
effects on our planet. The sun, visible

no more in yellow-orange, passed, pale
complexion deduced the best evidence

that daytime disappeared. Not-thrilled
researchers measured a dip in wavelengths

of radiation, thought small green sodium
drops orbiting nonstop might be indication

of numbers of potentially missing in space.
Data on a surprisingly close explosion

of silicates, never in view, suggested
for the first time there was a world less

bright out there. The climatology's all
weird, social media pronounced. Behind

a system of sand umbrellas that deflect
hot raining glass, Jupiter's doppelganger

tweeted that it was exploring what is
upcoming. In a statement illuminating

no public reaction to Earth's absorption,
it explained that obviously, discovery

of a hue of common habitable domain is,
gravitationally, precariously preliminary.

© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas

This "found" poem was inspired by the recent article "For the First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet's Color" in National Geographic, July 11, 2013. 

Also see the article "Hubble Spots Azure Blue Planet", ESA/Hubble, July 11, 2013.


Hannah Stephenson said...

Great playing with color and its significance here!

Brian Miller said...

ha. interesting turn of the article maureen...space stuff rather fascinates me...so much we dont know in its vastness...like how you used social media terms as well

jen revved said...

A beautiful lattice-work of image on image, Maureen-- xxxj

Anonymous said...

I love the richness of the colors portrayed in this poem, you can just see their brilliance. Nice ~peace, Jason

Mystic_Mom said...

So very good. Intense at first read, and then again on second so much more.

susanissima said...

Beautifully balanced. Found like fragments floating in space. Lovely.

Beachanny said...

Wow! Really loved this. It was beautiful but at the same time it read like a news account. So much of it felt real while the sound of the words gave it weight - literary and chemical.