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Mars Poetica

Imagine you're on Mars, looking at earth,
a swirl of colors in the distance.
Tell us what you miss most, or least.

Let your feelings rise to the surface.
Skim that surface with a tiny net. 
Now you're getting the hang of it.

Tell us your story slantwise,
streetwise, in the disguise
of an astronaut in his suit.     

Tell us something we didn't know
before: how words mean things
we didn't know we knew.


Copyright © 2012 by Wyn Cooper. Used with permission of the author.


Wyn Cooper

Wyn Cooper is the author of Mars Poetica ​(White Pine Press, 2018). He divides his time between Vermont and Massachusetts.

Date Published: 2012-07-18

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