Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
ysabetwordsmith

Poem: "Jonah's Landing"

One of the things I had in mind for this Journal was using it to promote my poetry by posting occasional poems here. (On poems and other creative endeavors, feedback is especially welcome, though not required.) janetmiles asked about the edible starship, so I tracked down the character and found out what happened...


Jonah’s Landing



Carusian starships were legendary for speed
And frugality, single-use transportation to a new life.
Verne bought one, down on his luck and convinced its
Edibility would lower the cost of feeding his colonists
All through their first year. The Carusians told him
To butcher it promptly on landing. He agreed.

Everything went well until the colonists disembarked.
Most of them scattered to inflate their own homes,
Pride taking precedence over promises. Frustrated,
Their captain threw up his hands and let them go.
Only two pink moons, staring at the newcomers, saw the
Rapacious starship devour its crew that night.
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