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Piece honoring the Mercury MESSENGER mission created for my 7,000th tweet.  The text is taken from the title page of a translated version of Galileo's "Sidereal Messenger."  Background image was taken of Mercury by MESSENGER on October 18, 2014.  Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Piece honoring the Mercury MESSENGER mission created for my 7,000th tweet. The text is taken from the title page of a translated version of Galileo’s “Sidereal Messenger.” Background image was taken by MESSENGER on October 18, 2014. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Sleep
in this can

on this sargasso sea
between the unmarked
continents

sleep
on this bed
of nothing

while the sun
rushes in
through the window
to fill the ballast

then retreats

and the black
beneath your wake
stirs
and brightens

and thin currents
steer you
home.

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Image: The first American to sleep in space, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, describes sleep in his astronaut self-briefing. (From NASA’s “Postlaunch Memorandum Report for Mercury-Atlas No. 9 [MA-9].”)