Geopoetry Archives - State of the Planet

The Carbon Vault

The skin of the Earth is the color of tar,
Ridged, freshly healed like the seams of a scar.
Through salt-spattered sky, a gray-winged gull sails;
Steam gently rises, the island exhales.

by |June 10, 2016


People are sometimes startled
By falcons perched on balconies, raccoons slinking through the park,
Bluefish blitzing herring up the river, coyotes tracing train tracks.
Isn’t it amazing, or isn’t it disturbing, we say,
A creature’s daring foray into our hard-paved empire.

by |September 11, 2015

Tiny Architects

Heaved upwards from your deep and watery grave,
From the quiet murk onto a chaotic, brine-encrusted ship deck,
You’re ever so carefully washed free from the mud,
From all the rinsings of continents that settled out of the sea with you
Like snow, softly entombing your remains.

by |July 10, 2015

Finding Pluto

Far away, a beloved dot
Arcs through cold and shrouded spaces,
Not lonely, as we had once thought,
But circled by more rocky faces:

by |June 26, 2015

‘Faux pause’

New data support the conclusion
The “hiatus” was mostly illusion…

by |June 12, 2015


Alien orbits you plied,
While we vicariously spied
A distant globe …

by |May 1, 2015

An Earth Epic

I hear that the Archean Earth
Spewed lava and was hot,
(While much later, “Snowball Earth,”
Apparently was not),
Some have said that life sprung out of
Spreading-ridge-type stew,
Photosynthesis seems likely
Based on carbon records, too.

by |April 10, 2015

Buzz Kill

To feed our own species, we race,
Wild herbage, corn rows replace…

by |March 27, 2015

Abyssal Rhythm

Since the dawn of mankind, I imagine we’ve gazed
In wonder and awe at the sky’s starry crown;
More recently, we have been deeply amazed
By the long-obscured, staggering view looking down
To the depths of the sea, through crust, and below…

by |March 13, 2015

The Most Astonishing Thing

The most astonishing thing about the universe, in my eyes,
Is not merely its gargantuan, unfathomable size,
But the way its vastness ferries gorgeous, primordial light,
So that as we look up into the night,
The farther afield our gaze penetrates, the higher we climb,
The farther we can see back in time.

by |February 27, 2015