Plains of Paradise

The echoes of your past vibrate through space, And secrets lie beneath your broken skin; The cracks and rimless craters on your face, Reveal to us what’s hidden deep within.   Now frozen underground in super lakes, Under a pitted surface lined with breaks; A reservoir of life within our sight, To reach for when … Read more

A Circle of Life

  This is a shape poem, inspired by recent research that found the roundest object ever observed in nature to be a distant star called Kepler 11145123. Stars are not perfect spheres, as the centrifugal force that is created as they rotate forces them to oblate (i.e. flatten at the poles). The faster the star … Read more

Written in the Stars

You sit there coarsely oscillating, Calling to us through the ether Beneath a blanket of stars. You swim against the tide, Pass a tent of clouds, And come to rest. Then flicker In to Life.     This is a nonet inspired by recent research, which investigated the peculiar behaviour of the KIC 8462852 star … Read more

Unknown Pleasures

Disorder in your massive core, A candidate that we adore; With every pulse that passes by You sweep across the darkest sky.   An insight into what might be, Beyond the reach of men like me; A new dawn fades as to my eye You sweep across the darkest sky.   It’s shadowplay across the … Read more

The Veins of Mars

Your crater stands abandoned in the dirt, As thirsty dreams evaporate for good; Beneath your dusty surface pressures spurt, Leaving behind deposits in the mud. They burn you with their sulphate-silic blood, And your horizons change beyond repair; Then ground water appears like a lost flood, Leaving behind pure sulphur in your lair. We cut … Read more

An Astronaut’s Broken Heart

Launched into space like puppets on a string, These metal ships danced fiercely on the waves; Such precious cargo was held deep within, Laden with men who would see early graves. A tranquil sea lay out before their eyes, Revealing scenes that only they have seen; The shadow of the Earth in a sunrise, Would … Read more

Curious Dunes

A distant sun sets over reddened lands, As ripples lay before you like a wave; Try reach out with your cold, synthetic hands, And touch the ground that will become your grave. These unscathed marks are footprints in the sands That shackle you and bind you like a slave. Your unseen masters tell you where … Read more

An Unclaimed Son

Marked out as something that did not belong, An oddball with a number not a name; A newborn whose hereditary was wrong, And with ancestry that was not the same. Who is it that must shoulder all the blame, The father and his lustful, wandering eye Or naïve child all swaddled up in shame? A … Read more

The Deep Tracks of Unwanted Advances

In ancient times your reddened sands, Were struck by courtiers from space; They scarred you with their giant hands, Then watched as tears fell down your face.   With the first blow you screamed in pain, And told yourself never again; Soon afterwards your heart was ice, At least they only hit you twice.   … Read more

A Quantum Key to a Classic Problem

Has science reached a new frontier, A quantum mess launched in to space; To combat growing doubt and fear, A first step in an unseen race.   A quantum mess launched in to space, On board a nanosateliite; A first step in an unseen race, To correlate two beams of light.   On board a … Read more

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