Enceladus - Poem by Diane Hine
Enceladus, surly spear-wounded giant,
stalwart of Saturn's court, broods under lock.
When ire overwhelms he coughs ash, moans defiance
spits toxic resentment, weeps molten rock.
Enceladus, planet Saturn's brightest moon,
sprints seven miles per second ‘round his captor -
the massive puffed, yellow-buff gas balloon
but wobbles as if hooked by a one-clawed raptor.
He whips past his sister moons, scarred Dione
and pocked Tethys in a frenzied orbital race.
Saturn's affectionate attendant cronies
pull with a fly-by, gut-churning embrace.
Ice-shelled Enceladus roils at the core;
fissures and resurfaces his shining skin.
From chasms, cryovolcanic geysers soar
and paint the nebulous ice-crystal E ring.
He's wrenched, twisted and warped - the treatment's rough,
but renders heat through internal commotion.
Enceladus has all the fundamental stuff
to foster life in an under-ice ocean.
beneath Mt. Etna, Enceladus the Gruff,
his earthbound counterpart, protests his demotion.
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