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Crater with Depression in Central Peak.  Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

Crater with Depression in Central Peak. Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.

Let this one poem
whisper to the dust and ice
a few words from home.

The serpentine ridge
winds through a color I know
a familiar path.

I see in this dust
the last sand dune we played in
long-forgotten beach.

In this burnt palettte
everything warms to the eye
the coldest place thaws.

Words on a page of Percival Lowell's 1895 "Mars" borrowed for a haiku.  This effort was a dry-run practice for writing a few haikus for the Mars MAVEN haiku contest (which closes on June 30, 2013).

Words on a page of Percival Lowell’s 1895 “Mars” borrowed for a haiku. The background is fibered Japanese paper.  This effort was a dry-run practice for writing a few haikus for the Mars MAVEN haiku contest (which closes on June 30, 2013).

A dinner party scene combined with rocket launch.  The text I redacted is from a 1901 edition of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.  The diners are part of a Victorian illustration by H.C. Hoffbauer.  And the rocket is Apollo 15, launched July 26, 1971.  (Rocket image credit: NASA)

A dinner party scene combined with rocket launch. The text I redacted is from a 1901 edition of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. The diners are part of a Victorian illustration by H.C. Hoffbauer. And the rocket is Apollo 15, launched July 26, 1971. (Rocket image credit: NASA)