SENSE OF REALTY

Sense of realty Francine

SENSE OF REALTY

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We think one day we’ll find another Earth

encircling some other distant sun.

It won’t be like the planet of our birth.

not one can stand up to comparison.

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If lucky, we’ll find one that’s the right mass —

not to crush us with its gravitation —

with atmosphere made of breathable gas

(in our case, that means lots of oxygen).

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It should spin a twenty-four hour day.

Its orbit had better be stable, too,

with axis tilted not too far away —

for gentle seasons like we are used to.

The climate should be warm enough to melt

the ice into water to quench our thirst —

no warmer than our home’s tropical belt —

so other life will likely be there first.

We’d like it landscaped with vegetation,

but first we must send in robotic probes;

before we establish a garrison,

we’ll have to contend with native microbes.

It also must have a magnetic field

to deflect its stellar radiation

and outer giants to make comets yield

an orbital path free from devastation.

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And if its sun is anything like ours,

it should have an ozone layer intact,

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or UV rays will burn our skin to scars

and cause our corneas to cataract.

… far easier to solve our problems here

than find fresh starts beyond our earthly sphere.

 

 

 

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