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Memories returning

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Memories

You said you had a question about the way we live
explaining that there was a girl you knew long, long ago
who used to walk with you to school.

She always talked about her house.

She revealed that her bedroom had no windows.

 Then one day you went to visit her there
and saw for yourself.

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What are numbers for? ( 3… 2 … 1 … Lift Off!)

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Our interactions with numbers
in the twenty-first century
confess a relationship which is akin to a kind of friendship.

Watch out, because if we get too cozy with nicknames for numbers,
we will be forced to tow the line of their significance
and this will just go on and on into infinity.
[nerd joke]

Let’s have a look at how we talk about and interact with numbers,  
including what kinds of names we give them.
We think we are in control, but the names reveal that they have a hold over us.

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Mars, Earth and Sun Align

Mars aligns with the sun and Earth
in a cosmic display
once every 26 moons

Some will put it on the tube
(if there are any left)
The rest might see it on a screen.

Martians enjoy this solar eclipse
when the Earth steps in between,
only to inch away again for a galactic tan.

This Red Planet opposition
is not political.
This is polemical:

Mars is probably not red.
We see it though the blue of oxygen
It may be as green as it can be,
if the scale came from Neptune.

MARS X 4 JPG