Oceans in Space!

It was announced today that scientists have confirmed the existence of a frozen ocean on Saturn’s sixth largest moon, Enceladus – which has been considered by same the most likely place in our Solar System for life to exist beyond Earth. (Take that as you will.)

Credit: Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech and Space Science Institute

Credit: Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech and Space Science Institute

I decided to use this news as a prompt and wound up with the villanelle below, which I’m quite happy with. It’s my third in thirty poems to write this month, which I intend to post daily over at hobo.poetics.

Aqueous Solution
Don't fear our water table being broken
We've an imaginary solution
On Enceladus there is an ocean
A truly pataphysical omen
This dawning new resource revolution
Don't fear our water table being broken
As we continue to master motion
We will manufacture absolution
On Enceladus there is an ocean
It doesn't matter that it's frozen
Makes for easier redistribution 
Don't fear our water table being broken
Lies continually being spoken
Regarding the impact of pollution
On Enceladus there is an ocean
Humanity certain it's been chosen
To usurp control of evolution
Don't fear our water table being broken
On Enceladus there is an ocean

 

 

 

 

 

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