Spirit landed first, leading her twin
By 21 days, and straight from Sol 1 she was
The more troublesome of the two.
The Problem Child, the Drama Queen,
The Tortured Teen who left her parents
Shaking their heads and pulling out their hair
As her memory failed; her computer tripped and fell;
Her RAT’s diamond teeth wore down to stumps
And her spectrometer’s eyesight dimmed,
But she roved on, driving across Mars to a soundtrack
Of Nirvana and Eminem, crossing the desert
And climbing hills until, after exploring Home Plate,
She fell into one of Mars’ fiendish traps
And died there, long before her time was through,
With so much more to see and do.
Before we truly knew her.
© Stuart Atkinson 2018