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a parisian colony on mars


can this really be our only option

tying balloons to cafes

& sailing them to that tiny spec of tangerine


packing soylent lunch boxes

birthing succulent fields

just to add a little color


resurrecting louis xvi’s great body

to rule limitless over new frontier


& what about cable?

will bunny ears grab enough static

to watch the remaining twenty-three minutes

of jeopardy?


out here condominiums stretch across deserts

people stand around, jaws

yawning at the strata, un-amused.


we have finally realized the limits of our knowledge

there is nothing to reach for

& even if there was, it would be overshadowed by this feat


the first colony on mars—


how thrilling it was—like

taking a bite out of a peach.

Jack Felice