The Announcement of Water on Mars
by I. E. Sbace Weruld

There’s water flowing on the surface of the planet Mars,
so NASA scientists now say, and, no, it’s not a farce.
This represents a shift in tone for NASA scientists,
who used to downplay any thought but Mars was desolate.
But as for there now being life, well, this they cannot tell,
although some think a snowball has a better chance in hell.
Perhaps they’re needing funding and would like a little hype
to make sure money’s coming for a bigger piece of pie.
And though Mars made have had an ocean many years ago,
the modern moisture is so modest it may not be so.


Photography © Stacy Esch

Photography © Stacy Esch


Bruce Wise: “This poem is written by I. E. Sbace Weruld. I. E. Sbace Weruld is a poet interested in all things astronomical. His inspiration is the Ancient Greek writer Eratosthenes.

Stacy Esch lives and works in West Chester, Pennsylvania, teaching English at West Chester University. Digital art and photography are the twin passions that compete alongside her interest in writing, reading, songwriting, and gardening. She has previously published works in Ibbetson Street, Turkshead Review and wordriver literary review. She has produced cover art for chapbooks by Kenneth Pobo (Save My Place and Placemats) and her artwork is featured at Spruce Alley Press, where she published a colorful 2014 Calendar as well as distinctive illustrations for the chapbook, When The Light Turns Green.


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