Poets for Science
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Marvelous Things



Most things are impossible

to reproduce in perpetuity

though we believe we can, like

protein rations, oxygen capsules

and rad-protectors on every home.

And, what of a

perfection in landing

shuttles?  Are any two

touch downs really the same?

Traffic control and electronics

wing spans and targets,

thermoclines and dust

and the weight distribution

over the width of the cabin –

These things cannot be

the same more than once.

And the little girl in 39A

peers through the

porthole at the colony lights

and the station gets bigger

and bigger as the pilot lowers

the landing gear. That structure

is not the same, and the thud

of the gear touching down

feels unique to the child wishing

she could feel it again because

it really was a marvelous thing.