Tuesday, January 15, 2008



Rover (2004)

As the winter lingered, Spirit [the Mars Rover] began producing thousands of pages of sometimes rambling and dubious data, ranging from complaints that the Martian surface was made up almost entirely of the same basalt, to long-winded rants questioning the exorbitant cost and scientific relevance of the mission.

"Granted, Spirit has been extraordinarily useful to our work," [Project Manager John] Callas said. "Last week, however, we received three straight days of images of the same rock with the message 'HAPPY NOW?'"
--The Onion, "Mars Rover Beginning to Hate Mars"


Made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until all crucial mineralogy data was lost.

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Dr. Mike said...


Fill each crystal glass
with precious well water and rub
along the edges till melody
matches the sound of dawn
strafing across sand.

Strike with a rubber mallet
to fine-tune brain waves
with vibrating hum of joints
that volcanic ash has tempered,
lubricating instead of oil.

Hung over under oppressive
throbbing tides of crimson
granules baking in sunshine,
filters clog on needles
whose residue grinds off.

This mock amphibian gropes
forward, its springy claws
scooping up all nesting
disintegration that somehow
has voided eggs.

Bark, now! Blast with a roar
albeit not human, but at least
better than this flow of red
static, forlorn yet searching
for contact beyond stones.

[Disposable Poem January 16, 2008]
Dr. Mike

P. S.
Another breathtaking & gorgeous art!

monda said...

That's stunning. My new favorite.

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