Mare Tranquillitatis

512px-NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-Earthrise

“Earthrise” Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on December 24, 1968

 

A sea

but no water,

a desert place,

a silvered space–

could it ever feel tranquil?

 

In solitude, we kick

 

no dust

no cloud forming

no sunrise warming

but the blue planet

dawning

over a curved horizon–

 

surprising, stirring,

yet insignificant—

 

except to us.

 

Lillian has asked us to write a quadrille (a poem of 44 words) using the word tranquility or some form of the word for dVerse. I love the word, though I haven’t felt too much tranquility lately. Yesterday afternoon, the Oracle whispered “Sea of Tranquility” to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

51 thoughts on “Mare Tranquillitatis

  1. …a silvered space….
    I remember so well exactly where I was watching Neil Armstrong step onto the moon. The Sea of Tranquility…the most solitary place with no life. Aloneness perfectly illustrated.
    So glad you responded to the prompt!

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