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Image of Titan's surface taken by the Huygens probe on January 14, 2005.  Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Image of Titan’s surface taken by the Huygens probe on January 14, 2005. Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Let’s go for a creek walk
you and I
and skip rocks across
the methane

and maybe we could picnic
in a spot with a view
of the etherized sun

that might as well be
sunset on a foggy beach
back home.

Let’s go for a creek walk
you and I
and turn over some rocks
that are not
gneiss, schist, or quartz.

but leave the bucket behind.
I’m not expecting to find crawfish
this time.

I’ve walked a lot of creeks
in my life

some with fast water
some with slow
some with no

and trust me

we need to check this one out.

Picture of a river on Titan (one of Saturn's moons).  "The Silent River" title comes from Robert Sullivan's 1824 dramatic poem of the same name.  The poem fragments come from the poem "Winter in Six Sonnets" by Delta, published in the journal "Time's Telescope" in January 1828.

Picture of a river on Titan (one of Saturn’s moons). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI.  “The Silent River” title comes from Robert Sullivan’s 1824 dramatic poem of the same name. The poem fragments come from the poem “Winter in Six Sonnets” by Delta, published in the journal “Time’s Telescope” in January 1828.