How to Paint Mercury1 min read


Mary Soon Lee
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Permit him to pirouette,
spinning as you paint.

Capture his contrasts.
Hammered heat, hidden ice.

Sketch his expression,
capricious, captivating.

Do not erase his scars,
the craters of a survivor.

Remembering his history,
be patient with his moods.

Tell him he’s closest
to the Sun’s heart.


  • Mary Soon Lee

    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.

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