Gradient

⅔ of 20 Questions

Plantae:
vascular green;
seeding, rooting, oxygenating
chlorophyll foodstuff. Eukaryotic movers:
breathing, metabolizing, reproducing
heterotrophic, chambered
Animalia.

Inorganic Chemistry with a Twist

Death:
bloodless black;
killing, sleeping, resting
casket earth. Womb light:
awakening, rising, beholding;
viable current
life.

Capping the Middle-Ground

Whiteness:
reflective blank;
contrasting, inviting, defining
photon noise. Aether grave:
expanding, swallowing, erasing;
mysterious stoic
blackness.

Sensation of Floating in Spacetime

Space:
perpendicular Cartesian;
unending, framing, curving—
breathing room. Interval dimension:
sequencing, ticking, flowing
progressive, indefinite
time.

Red Panda

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Waddling down from the
temperate firs netted with
red-brown moss, the red
bear-cat outfoxes the snow
leopard tracking the cuteness.

From foothill forests
of the Himalayan range,
pandas eat bamboo,
the reason for the false thumb:
convergent evolution,

like giant pandas
of no close relationship;
just the same food source.
The Himalayan Mountains
plowed by crashing India,

tall as gravity
allows: a postcard bleakness
frames the red panda,
a musteloid related
to weasels, skunks and raccoons.

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The Planets

Mercurius

The pipsqueak planet
is elusive in the sky,
fleeting with his wings;
fading into the sun’s glare—
a trickster at dusk and dawn.

Venus

The star-shine planet
rivals the glow of full moon;
beautiful sister
veiled in feminine mystique:
bewitching and seductive.

Terra

The ocean planet,
bright blue-green with swirls of white,
dances with one moon;
one of the four elements:
the biosphere brings forth life.

Mars

The bloody planet
with canals and ice-capped poles,
(miraculous birth),
marches through the cold valley
with two prisoners of war.

Iuppiter

The giant planet
of striated bands storming,
heavenly father
journeys out: a frozen star
calming the sky for orbits.

Saturnus

The planet of rings–
and shepherding satellites
that furrow the ice–
bedazzles the leaden sky:
ushering the Golden Age.

Uranus

The sideways planet
of icy green formlessness
broods far from the sun—
celestial grandfather
surrounded by tempest moons.

Neptunus

The planet of winds
that howl within blizzards blue:
the hooves of horses
splash the mystical waters;
shadows race on seas below.

TrumpIt

There once was dupe called Trump
who really liked showing his rump.
With rhetoric absurd
and ideas like a turd,
still people voted for that chump.

To the angry whites, he threw chum:
frenzy in the waters of dumb.
Now political hacks
with alternative facts,
is what the White House has become.

Indeed the President is an idiot
in place without the votes of the myriad.
He will build the big wall,
’Cause his penis isn’t small:
it’s the largest one ever—period !

The Donald is foul in his mockery
of the American people’s democracy.
To put it in plain clothes,
what they want to impose
is a robust Christian theocracy.

But Trumpy isn’t finished just yet,
installing cronies in his cabalnet:
what, with climate-change deniers
and alt-right, Caucasian deifiers—
the swamp grows as he shovels more [codswallop].