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Life on Mars

One day a pale star began to glow
in scarcely-noted nebula where it swirled.
And this five thousand million years ago,
to bathe in light a distant, dusky world.

Lightning streaked amid primordial dawn—
stroked a soupy mire of mute quintessence.
Diverse concatenations urged a spawn 
and coaxed life into coalescence.

Myriad were its subtle variations.
Legion were its specialties outlandish.
In unison it laid a world’s foundations.
Limitless the skills it had to brandish.

A hive and every mind within related,
yet diverse and mild in their expression.
Collectively their members liberated,
verisimilitude their progression.

But in Mars' core, dying breaths were taken,
as fury from creation’s fires abated.
Absent these, Ares was forsaken—
its magnetic lines of flux truncated.

The shield from radiation thus destroyed,
innocence’ pogrom bitterly ensued.
Air swept away forever to the void,
sentience vanquished—majesty subdued.

Copyright © Mark Peterson | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 5/30/2016 3:31:00 PM

    An excellent poem on the topic. I always found the solar system so interesting. Their wonders never cease to amaze! And, your poem has that same affect!
  1. Date: 5/13/2016 4:55:00 PM

    haha, I love that you used the noun version in your comment to me below! Excellent comment!! (and welcome to the senior club of being forgetful. I actually found a theater who considers 60 as senior prices. Yay for me!!)
  1. Date: 5/13/2016 10:59:00 AM

    You did an excellent job, Mark. I noticed Andrea's comment right below mine, and could not believe that this did not make the winners' list, so went to check!! Full marks to you #7 // paul
  1. Date: 5/13/2016 9:49:00 AM

    Good grief, didn't this one win?? It's SO skillfully written. I changed my myriads of poppies after what you said, but not for the reason you said. I should have said A myriad of (not making it plural with myriads) The dictionary gives it as BOTH noun and adj. and myriad poppies is a good sound!From the Dictionary: noun 1.a countless or extremely great number. "networks connecting a myriad of computers"
  1. Date: 5/13/2016 1:50:00 AM

    I agree with what Silent One has said. The words perfectly run in tandem here...your style is unique and shows that your heart and soul is [poetry...Brilliant my friend ...A7 Thank you for pateintly reading my poem...:)
  1. Date: 5/10/2016 3:57:00 PM

    Mark, I have no clue what to do for this contest and you wrote with such ease and flow! Good luck it will be winner I just know it :)-luloo
  1. Date: 5/10/2016 3:50:00 PM

    Wow... This one is amazing.. The best one I have read in this contest... Great use of vocabulary and the rhymes are very good....

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