Un-name-able poem #1

recently an image on facebook showed

tan grey brown darkish slightly mottled

perhaps "ground" I was puzzled why such

an odd scene of nothingness was pictured

I scrolled up then hit the stark edge the

"horizon" of this whatever above apparent

"sand": total blackness and centered in that

black blank a bright still orb size of a BB –

US! EARTH! first photo from surface of mars

I saw this familiar stranger as palimpsest

so small so silent so totally alone in the void

yet I know it to be teeming with competitive

though cooperative life from its first bacteria –

and so overwhelmingly vulnerable! my

throat contracted eyes teared up, overflowed

2021 Jacqueline Jackson

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