“Setting Sail Into Space, Propelled by Sunshine” (Sara P. Dias)

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lightsails…
glass reflects the oceans
dying

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Headlines:

“Setting Sail Into Space, Propelled by Sunshine” (New York Times)

“Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash” (New York Times)

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Poem by Sarah P. Dias (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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^ 5 Comments...

  1. Chen-ou Liu

    The juxtaposition of these two contrasting images, which are the succinctly visual summaries of two news pieces, is intellectually and emotionally powerful.

    Sara, I love your poem. Thanks for sharing.

    Chen-ou

  2. Terry

    Such a beautiful thought. Line one and two are so blissful that I was hearing Richard Strauss’s Sprach Zarathustra.
    So line three came as quite a surprise. Chen-ou has pointed to that powerful jux.

    Thanks You

  3. Laryalee

    I thoroughly enjoyed this poem, Sara…from the heights to the depths (in more than one way)….what a stretch! The links are great…thank you!
    Lary

  4. Sara P.

    Chen-ou Liu and Terry, thank you for your generous thoughts. DW made some editing suggestions which greatly improved the impact of the above haiku.

    Terry, I was hearing Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina: melodic drip-drip-plinks of piano keys and breezy violin sighs interspersed with weighty pauses — reminds me of the empty spaces between star systems and galaxies.

  5. Christopher White

    Wow… I’ve just been listening to Arvo Part after reading your comment and I see why it sprung to mind when you read this haiku! Lovely poem Sara.

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