Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

On Saturn's Moon - Poem by Diane Hine

If viewed in black and white, it could be Earth,
with river deltas, shores and sculpted rock.
But sands in endless dunes round half its girth,
are ever- frozen grains of ice which flock,
enslaved by Saturn's tidal-driven winds.
Revealed in filtered amber twilight haze,
the similarity to Earth rescinds.

Volcanic slushy ice spreads tar-film glaze,
across ice landscapes; ranges, plains and dust.
And methane clouds replenish methane lakes,
reflecting skies which glow like vapoured rust.
Up high, a prebiotic cocktail shakes,
as sunlight strafes an elemental mix
and smog drifts down past rainbows infrared.

Our dying sun in future will transfix
the Earth with bloodshot eye; prognosis- dead.
But creeping warmth is outer planet's boon.
Ammonia and water oceans form.
Exotic life erupts on Saturn's moon,
an eon-length methanogenic storm.
And maybe refugees from Earth or Mars,
will call the orange world of Titan ‘ours'.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

We don't have to worry about this scenario for a billion years or so.

Comments about On Saturn's Moon by Diane Hine

  • Captain Cur (5/5/2012 10:09:00 AM)

    Stellar! Beautifully written. Who would not want to live on Titan, to momentarily glimpse that display, even with so short an expectancy. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/20/2012 7:16:00 PM)

    A fine, informative and evocative write. However, I'll be on Voyager with Captain Janeway, probably peeling potatoes. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (4/17/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    Brilliant again Diane - love anything astronomical! Not sure I`d like to live on Saturn`s moon though - still, too old to worry about that. Ha. :) . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 27, 2013

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