Twin Warning

a poem by Paul Butters, UK

The Dellotronian spaceship leaves hyperspace
At a deep-space solar system on the galaxy fringe.
“There they are!” announces the Watch,
“The planet twins.”
“Second and third planets?” the captain asks.
“That’s right.
Computer says the second one teemed with life,
Which perished
Before the third planet
Blossomed,
Then died.”
“Why?”
“Because each in turn succumbed
To global warming.
We cannot land on either:
Both are covered with lava flows,
And crushed by high pressure carbon-dioxide.”
“Their names?”
“Venus and Earth.”

Paul Butters or Skryboss
(C) Yorkshire28\9\2009 at 11.30 AM.

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