Analogy Planets

Galaxies whirling like Frisbees — DKC

 
Eclipsed Pluto like a turquoise ring
 
 
Part of its surface like flat pavement stones  
with icy mountains nearby like gray scabs  
 
 
Some of them volcanoes looking  
like blood stained elephant skin  
 
 
Neptune appears to be 
just a blue ball of water 
 
 
Uranus is a fuzzy azure atom 
 
 
Saturn’s south pole, quite marblesque 
sporting floaters 
 
 
Which are really hurricanes, or portals 
 
 
Saturn’s rings, record grooves 
with billiard balls floating around 
in black velvet space 
 
 
Jupiter’s atmosphere could be 
colorful sand art, or psychedelic oil 
paint and water stirred with a wand 
 
 
The red spot, a complex cancerous pimple 
 
 
Mars, that distant snaky marble 
is more like an earth-toned quilt 
 
 
Gaze deeper into the landscape, 
find a desert with a surface 
mostly rusty zen garden 
 
 
Sand dunes dominate like deep, 
turbulent ocean waves 
 
 
And dust devils so simple 
like geysers 
 
 
Mesas’ edges seem crystal cave stalagmite-ish 
 
 
Each crater an iris 
 
 
A few volcanoes 
spilling sapphire lava 
 
 
Martian bedrock, a lot 
like Earth’s Marianna’s Trench 
 
 
Swiss cheese 
south pole 
 
 
Cyan sunset sky features 
a singular white orb 
 
 
Earth, from Saturnian distance, 
a speck of cerulean dust 
 
 
Atmosphere, laminated polymer coating 
 
 
Night Earth’s cities, stars in the midnight sky 
 
 
The moon’s shadow, a circular burn 
 
 
Venus, volcano planet with the worst acne 
of tomato sauce and bubbling cheese 
 
 
Mercury, just another pockmarked rock

 

Don Kingfisher Campbell, MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, publisher of Spectrum magazine, organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, and host of the Saturday Afternoon Poetry reading series in Pasadena, California. For awards, features, and publication credits, please go to his website.

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