I was two years old when John F. Kennedy declared “we chose to go to the moon…and do other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Space exploration was woven into the background of my childhood, and it has always captivated me. So I was paying close attention last week as the Cassini spacecraft met its fiery end in Saturn’s butterscotch clouds. Cassini and its mission to explore Saturn, its rings, and moons seemed like a worthy subject for Michelle Barnes’s September ditty challenge from Carole Boston Weatherford.
It soon became clear, though, that writing an abecedarian about Saturn and the Cassini mission would be hard! It threatened to become a list of some of Saturn’s 53 named moons. Not giving up, I expanded my focus to include the whole universe and came up with this draft.
dwarf planets with
haloes of hydrogen and helium
jet black space,
launching dreams to
mine the mysteries of
nebulous interstellar dust, the
pulsing quasars, and
tumbling through the
visible and invisible
wavelengths of light and
yielding amazement and awe, our
zeal for discovery never-ending.
© Catherine Flynn, 2017
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