NaPoWriMo 2020: Poetry from the trenches, Day 7

Gas giant WASP 76b

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Today’s prompt encourages us to write a poem based on a news article. I chose one of the suggested articles: “Researchers Discover Faraway Planet Where the Rain is Made of Iron.” Despite the stark beauty of gas giant WASP 76b and its fascinating molten-iron rain, the resulting poem is a small token of gratitude for this planet we live on.

*Update: So grateful and excited to be the featured participant of Day 8 on NaPoWriMo. Thank you to Maureen Thorson for the honor!

 

Poetry from the trenches, Day 7

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How lucky we are
not to be
tidally locked to our star.
How lucky to have
a sunrise, a sunset.
Whatever grief
we carry from morning till night,
how
lucky we are
that the moon

will hold it for us while we sleep.
How lucky to have
sturdy ground under our feet
& not a scorching abyss
that sucks us in, spits us out
as vapor. How lucky
that no 11,000 mph winds
will sweep us off into space.
The rain
that falls
on our heads–
how lucky we are
it’s still
water & not
molten iron.

How lucky we are we can breathe.
Yes. How lucky we are
we can breathe.

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  1. Featured Participant! You are so well-deserved of this honor and this poem, especially, is incredible. These lines, “How lucky we are we can breathe./Yes. How lucky we are / we can breathe.”

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  2. So beautiful, honest and heartfelt. An amazing poem, surioara! Thank you so much for birthing this comforting poem child. How luck we are to breathe in your poetry! “How lucky we are we can breathe./Yes. How lucky we are/we can breathe.” You inspire me! Much love and gratitude, always ❤️🐝🙏

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    1. And you know how grateful I am for your constant, unwavering support of my work–even when I felt most despondent about it–and especially at those times! 🙏💜What a wonderful, comforting miracle is sisterhood.🥰💜

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      1. My brother was worked for the Maryland EPA back in the 80s and I remember him testifying before Congress then about acid rain. So much time has passed, so little accomplished to stop what we have done. It’s definitely accumulating.

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  4. I love this image:
    Whatever grief
    we carry from morning till night,
    how lucky we are
    that the moon
    will hold it for us while we sleep.

    And I am indeed thankful we can still breathe. ❤

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