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Visions of a Healthy Planet

February 25, 2010

by James Brush

Gauzy cirrus wisps
burn off early with the stars;

a dust-choked noon sky
glows orange like dying leaves.

Desolate and desiccate,
burned by blistering cold,

wind-scoured deserts remember
where water used to flow.

Eroding winds pile dusty sand
in ever-shifting dunes;

in a hazy salmon dusk,
the diminished sun sets blue.

Two moons’ clear light sweeps a sky
under which only robots sleep

beneath one brilliant blue-hued
evening star on whose surface

you’ll find me—in the driveway
out to get the paper, a moment to admire

that ruddy wanderer in retrograde,
that rusty blood drop in the sky.

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James Brush (blog) lives in Austin, Texas where he teaches English in a juvenile correctional facility. His poems have appeared in various places online and in print. He published his first novel, A Place Without a Postcard, in 2003. He has been fascinated by Martian landscapes since he saw the first Viking images in the mid-1970s.

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  1. February 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Great sounds: “Desolate and desiccate” “that ruddy wanderer in retrograde/
    that rusty blood drop in the sky” Nicely read, too.

  2. Deb
    February 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Wonderful imagery, enjoyed being surprised by Mars, which I am also fascinated by. “in a hazy salmon dusk, / the diminished sun sets blue.” was a favorite. And all the r’s in the final stanza.

  3. angie
    February 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    ah, Mars.

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