Jet Propulsion Laboratory

jet fu­el does not burn
at first; there must be
that first spark there must
al­ways have been a first
spark, like when we greet­ed
each oth­er our hel­los
col­lid­ed and there was a
flash but no clap
of thun­der
          though there
should have been and the
sound of trum­pets or at
least some­thing more than
just hel­lo.

Here I am in love with a ball
of hy­dro­gen nine­ty-three
mil­lion miles from me and
every an­i­mal
            [in­clud­ing man]
en­joys
be­ing scratched be­hind
the ears.

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