Titan Spring

It is spring on Saturn’s Titan,

thus the white sheet of ice-pebble

rain over black wind-whipped lake,

the blossoming of sudden spume,

steep rivers in spate and we need

no longer moan how we hate

the years-long winter


Back on Earth they’ll celebrate

these glimpses, telescope distant

shift of shadows, the bright spot

in smoke-and-mirror atmosphere,

the long dance in rusty sunset,

gas-fired hum of temptation,



Inspired by this NPR article about some astronomers’ recent excitement about springtime changes on Saturn’s largest moon. It tickled my imagination…

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