Rogue Planet

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Rogue Planet

Orphan or interstellar nomad, you endure every label

as a singular voyager would. You venture near, sometimes

.

too close, and gravity burns, yes. Friction and inevitable

consequences for getting just close enough to feel

.

something. Anything but the cold embrace known

before, anything but the maddening silence. Even noise

.

comes as relief, when the cosmic winds howl hot

and strange against your outer layers, never penetrating

.

deep enough to harm the verdant inner surface, never quite

reaching. Your mountains rise, high as any other,

.

volcanic in origin, as usual. The clouds they have created

shield you well, but shields are double-sided. Yours

.

shadow the land

perhaps

longer than necessary.

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2 responses to “Rogue Planet

  1. Rogue Planet is one of your best efforts!

    • Thank you so much, Dr. Tucker, and congratulations on your book–I saw your Facebook post about seeing its cover art. That has to be an amazing rush! 🙂

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