Black Petals Issue #91, Spring, 2020

Space Probe RH 120
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Space Probe RH120

 

Daniel G. Snethen

 

Astute Arizona astronomers

from the Catalina Sky Survey

spotted the reconnaissance probe

and named her RH120.

A rogue asteroid, she was caught

in Earth’s gravitational field.

Considered a secondary

or hobo moon, the alien craft

orbited Earth for 347 days

before breaking loose

to reconnoiter elsewhere.

Disguised to look like

a 3x6 meter hunk of space-rock,

the probe, equipped with infrared-video

and sophisticated scientific apparatus,

had completed its space-mission.

Eagerly our astrophysicists wait,

for perhaps even larger rogue moons,

hoping to capture one unaltered,

unburned by Earth’s atmosphere.

They plan to bring the alien craft

to planet Earth, expecting a rock,

not an interstellar Trojan horse.

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.