Questions you’re afraid to ask
swim like libations down your throat—
It takes 214 days to get to Mars.
Nothing’s ever easy
except a land called Plenty.
A place you’ll never see.
Trouble charges through your brain
and questions you’re afraid to ask
toll like bells wringing your diaphragm,
rattling your handle,
confusing your ability to settle.
You opt for 428 days, round trip,
plus 12 there to scan the planet
surveying alternate facility sites
for housing future people
after Earth is sacrificed
by the soft buzzing
of humanity’s parasitic dirge.
Brenda Warren 2012
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