Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Secret of All Triumphs"

This poem is spillover from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Nature" square in my 4-4-21 "Aspects" card for the Genderplay Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Secret of All Triumphs"


On Mars, the new rover
surveys its domain.

One rock stands out
from the rest, pale and
pitted with peculiar holes.

It glistens even under
the ever-present dust,
its surface polished by
some unknown forces.

Nature is filled with mysteries.

For now, nobody knows where
that odd rock has come from.

It could have weathered
out of the local bedrock,
washed in an ancient flood,
or come from a far-flung
impact event on Mars.

It might be a meteorite,
fallen from the asteroid belt --
or even from distant Earth.

Imagine the scattered planets
throwing rocks back and forth
through space, like students
passing notes in class.

The answer to the riddle
lies in Perseverance,
secret of all triumphs.

* * *

Notes:

"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs."
-- Victor Hugo

The Perseverance rover has found an unusual rock on Mars.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, science, space exploration, weblit, writing
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