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Poem: "Peculiar Fruit"

This is today's freebie.  It was inspired by a prompt from jenny_evergreen regarding Martian blueberries.


Peculiar Fruit

Opportunity found blueberries on Mars,
tiny spherules of shiny dark hematite
scattered across the Meridiani Planum.

In their originating strata they appeared
in layers of sulfate salt evaporitic matrix,
embedded in the outcrop like blueberries in a muffin.

As the matrix eroded, the balls came free
and rolled down the slope
to rest on the grains of dry Martian soil.

They may have been made by accretion under water,
or by meteor impact or by volcanic eruption --
we don't know which yet.

Clearly further study is needed
if we are to pluck the truth
from this peculiar fruit.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: June 5th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the science, and I like the poem, but I can't read the title or last line without uncomfortable echoes of the song "Strange Fruit". I can't imagine how hematite "blueberries" could echo lynchings, though, so I probably just have my head up my ass.

(Icon is pointed at myself.)
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: June 6th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

You're not alone

Agree with you completely: the moment I saw the title of this piece, Billie Holliday's classic started running through my head.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 15th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

I changed the phrasing from "Strange Fruit" to "Peculiar Fruit."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 15th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Okay...

I changed the phrasing from "Strange Fruit" to "Peculiar Fruit."
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