Trappist-1 (I Won’t Even Look Across the River)

Trappist-1 (I Won’t Even Look Across the River)

No ship will be big enough
to take us all.

As for me, if I’m in the vicinity
of Washington, D.C.
I’ll lie face down
upon the ground at Arlington,
among blades worn
by those whose wars
are done,

just listening
to that grass grow.



55 for Kerry O’Connor’s prompt on Real Toads.

Process Note – Trappist-1 is a new planetary system recently discovered by NASA astronomers, with planets that may be inhabitable by humans.  (Rendering above, such as it is, is mine.)

Arlington is the U.S. national military cemetery, located just across the Potomac from the national mall in Washington, D.C., a place where U.S. veterans and spouses have been buried since the Civil War.

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8 Comments on “Trappist-1 (I Won’t Even Look Across the River)”

  1. Only the few will be blessed to sarcophage away… I think I prefer to bite the grass.

  2. M Says:

    a sense of rue, and sorry, and yet also honor, and patience here ~

  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    How brilliantly you suggest the final disaster which would need some of us to try and venture elsewhere – without ever mentioning it.

  4. Raivenne Says:

    There’s such a finality to this. An acquiesce to one’s fate. The Dylan in me wants to rail, this is not your final Frontier.

  5. Jim Says:

    Nice to see your NaPoWriMo entry, K. I’d probably take my granddaughter and her roommates out for a LAST MEAL at The Tombs restaurant. She is a sophomore at Georgetown University.
    I did “an Acrostic poem, Aquarious, Trappist-1” which was factual and not doomsday oriented.

  6. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    I appreciate the very humanness of this portrait, the logistics of space travel weighed against letting go of our ancestral past, the sweet grass of home.

    Thank you for participating, Karin. I miss your poetic voice.

  7. I don’t think I’d wanna be in that ship either. Show me to the grass.

  8. Oh this is soo tender! Such a lovely write.

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