Image: Science - Saturn's satellite Titan
The linear nature of time has brought me to April, already. It's been productive off-line, with ongoing edits to two novels that really need them. But I am glad to find myself in April with an excuse to deviate from the novel-editing and into poetry for a brief while. As you know, I've been one of those crazy folks who tries to write a poem a day in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. I don't put my drafts up here on the blog, since I am working towards a specific project that I hope will be published. But really, I have written poems this month (ahem, cough). Really. Okay, not one a day. I have three, and several pages of notes, but you work with what you have.
In addition, each poem contains so many references and allusions to topics relating to the satellite that each one of these is a small puzzle in and of itself. I'm a planetary scientist, and am hard pressed to identify every single reference. They are drawn from science, history, literature, religion, mythology, and on and on.
Here's a passage from today's poem "One of the Friends."
How many stories she could tell,
and what secrets lurk,
peeking out from inside!
Joining the TNO diaspora,
riding with the Centaurs,
greeting Cassini at the city gates
and consenting to a few pictures
before going on her own way.
|Image: Art's Conception of probing below Europa's Ice|