Enceladan Sonnet (Poem-A-Day 4)


For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Since (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Since the Last Time I Smoked,” “Since You Said Please,” and “Since When.”

Enceladan Sonnet

Since Enceladus has an ocean
We must consider life arising
In water warmed by tidal forces
‘Neath twenty miles of ice

Circling Saturn cold exquisite
Enceladans need not fear bombardment
For an impact would barely ripple
Their ocean dark and deep

But they can never see the Rings
We who are protected by mere air
Envy their safety but pity them
With no window on the stars

There is no beauty without danger
There is no appreciation without risk

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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