Monthly Archives: April 2018

Phoenix

  Under a polar sky curdled with cloud, In the shadows of a dying Phoenix’s outstretched wings, On the dark floor of a clawed-out trench, A flash of white –   Ice.   © Stuart Atkinson 2018

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MPL

  The gave the Polar Lander a microphone To finally let us hear the Sounds of Mars: The chill northern winds moaning; The probe’s own machinery groaning and clicking, That kind of thing. But the only sound it heard Was … Continue reading

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On Mars

  “…but what’s it really like there?” the young boy asked The first astronaut to walk on Mars, and his mother smiled. “Imagine you’re standing in Death Valley at midday,” she said, “The Sun is a ball of fire blazing … Continue reading

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Marineris

  When explorers and adventurers die Their restless spirits fly to Marineris. No other place on Earth or any other world Could hope to satisfy their wanderlust Or thirst for beauty. John Muir’s ghost is there, hiking the high ridges, … Continue reading

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O Mons

  I dreamed I climbed Olympus Mons (Not just on a whim, I’m not daft; I packed Some sandwiches, a flask and a Mars Bar). The stars were still out when I set off from the Hab and drove To … Continue reading

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Dust

  “It’s not dust, they’re fines,” A grizzled veteran will sigh Nearly every time a fresh meat newbie Complains about the stuff, Wondering why the ads on YouTube and TV Never mentioned the Misery of Mars; Why the cute girl … Continue reading

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Twin Moons

  Two moons, both alike in ugliness, Orbiting barren Barsoom where we long to be. From ancient impacts left pitted and scarred, Now rolling endlessly around Mars like skulls. On the surfaces of these two tumbling stones Star-lit explorers will … Continue reading

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The Sun

  Stepping off the ladder she’ll wonder “What happened to the Sun?” So much smaller than the one she shielded her eyes from As she walked to the launch pad; So much colder than the one which burned her pale … Continue reading

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THE COLOUR OF THE SKY

  Sadly it’s a myth that the Eskimoes Have 50 different words for snow But I know martians – real martians, the long-limbed Pale-skinned children born beneath its twin moons – Will have many more words to describe The beauty … Continue reading

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Opportunity

  She’s the Indiana Jones of Mars. The brave one, the bold one, the one That knows no fear. She landed on Mars With a jazz hands “Ta DAAH!!!” Like a movie star at a film premier Posing for the … Continue reading

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