How to Fly by Neptune

August 17, 2018


Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her credits include Analog, F&SF, and Strange Horizons. She has an antiquated website at and tweets at @MarySoonLee.

Do not taste his magnetosphere,
his tilted manipulations
of hapless particles.

Do not behold his dusty rings,
their shepherd moons,
their dark arcs.

Do not descend close enough
to sense the inner heat
beneath his storms.

Remember the gravity of his crime,
why the Sun sentenced him
to this far orbit.

Do not listen to his pleas.
Stop up your ears.
Be resolute.

© Mary Soon Lee

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