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The Solar System

The Sun

Flaring furnace of
Helium and hydrogen
Around which we spin.


Mercury

Airless, waterless,
Pock-marked planet - sitting too
Close to the fire.


Venus

Sweltering under
Your thick clouds - four hundred and
Eighty degrees C.


Earth

Our watery place:
Mid way between freezing and
Evaporating.


Mars

Dusty, rusty-red
Planet - with dried-up rivers
And underground ice.


Jupiter

Largest of them all:
Trailing your sixteen moons and
Ring-shaped bands of dust.


Saturn

Really your rings
Are chunks of rock and ice, pulled
In by gravity.


Uranus

You have a metal
Heart wrapped in ice, and a cold
Blue-green atmosphere.


Neptune

Sea-blue but not sea:
A distant orbiting chunk:
Three rings and eight moons.


Pluto

Coldest and smallest
And furthest - out there, alone
With your single moon.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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