Desperate

We send robots to roam
neighbouring planets and moons
decades in the dark
searching, sensing, tasting
looking for life traces

Could it be Enceladus
where molecules spurt from
hidden ocean-slush
or indeed Mars, so dry
so near, so tantalising?

Will they succeed before
we destroy our lives
here on precious blue green Earth?
Before there is no one
to receive the news?

Copyright © 2020 Kim Whysall-Hammond

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