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Perseverance Lands on Mars by Erica Abbott

and I wonder which human qualities

have found their way to other planets.

I imagine Fearlessness floating along

the surface of Venus; Endurance sliding

along the icy planes of Uranus. Courageous

touching down on the freshly-fallen diamonds

of Neptune while Adventurous ventures round

and round the rings of Saturn. Phenomenon spends

its dizzying-fast days spinning on Jupiter

as Determination wanders crater-covered Mercury. All in search

of new discoveries. Meanwhile, on Earth,

I wonder if there is any

Humanity to be identified?

Let me know

if you find it.


Erica Abbott (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based poet and writer whose work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, perhappened, Bandit Fiction, Brave Voices Magazine, and other journals. She is the author of Self-Portrait as a Sinking Ship (Toho 2020), her debut poetry chapbook. She volunteers for Button Poetry & Mad Poets Society. Follow her on Twitter @erica_abbott.

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