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launch001Staring from the blacktop
at my daughter’s school

at the wrong
section of sky

until over the other
line of trees

an orange light
I didn’t expect

grabs me
and then I can’t

look anywhere else

startled by each flare
of separation

as pieces drop away
and come home

and what remains
drops the last of its hue

and keeps going.

Background image is Jupiter's moon, Europa.  Image credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk.  The borrowed text overwriting the image is from "The Rape of Europa by Jupiter: a masque" (1694).

Background image is Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Image credit: Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk. The borrowed text overwriting the image is from “The Rape of Europa by Jupiter: a masque” (1694).  The current climate of underfunding planetary science makes a mission to Europa unlikely.