How to Speak to Pluto

August 24, 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.

Address him as Sir or Pluto,
never by minor-planet designation.

Avoid the terms planet or dwarf;
he is more than his classification.

Ask after his moons, their moods,
his long slow dance with Neptune.

Listen more than you speak,
respecting his age, his orbits.

His views on the Kuiper Belt
are eccentric, but worth hearing.

If he should question you,
answer without trepidation:

Pluto does not gossip.
He will keep his promises.

© Mary Soon Lee

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