New Poem: “Elysium to Lethe Through Athabasca Valles” in HiRISE’s MarsPoetica


Elysium to Lethe Through Athabasca Valles
HiRISE MarsPoetica (06 Nov 2019)
Available Online: Twitter


HiRISE image ESP_057978_1875 Athabasca Valles distributary showing lava flows originating from Elysium Mons to the northwest
HiRISE image ESP_057978_1875 Athabasca Valles distributary showing lava flows originating from Elysium Mons to the northwest

I work for HiRISE, so you might think I’d have written many poems about Mars by now, but honestly, I haven’t written that many. Happily, though, one of my rare Mars poems based on an image and caption I saw has been published on Twitter under HiRISE’s MarsPoetica initiative. It’s written about HiRISE image ESP_057978_1875.

Would you like to contribute your own favorite words or original artistic works to be featured by HiRISE on social media? You can submit to MarsPoetica “a favorite line of poetry, lyrics from a beloved song, or perhaps a snippet of wisdom that you grew up with” as well as original contributions.

Lava, perfectly happy to flow like water smoothly around obstructions—islands
for keeping feet out
of the blistering
conflagration—forgets
its hellion sputter,
cannot hold
on to river
movements,
freezes in place
under dominion,
heat lost
to Chronos.

“Elysium to Lethe Through Athabasca Valles”