The vast Terran desert has always teemed
with slow life emerging from burrows,
muddling through as mammals do.
Front paws dig into sand, a dance of muscles
and bones reaching millennia into
the remains of an ancient silica sea.
When deep space explorers tired
of the pull of gravity they sank,
sending bubbles up through ocean depths.
The incandescent glow of invertebrate life,
swimming untethered across vast chasms
shuddered spines designed for bipedal locomotion.
Jealous they were of watery realms
full of tentacle propulsion and free movement
down in frozen Europa and the Mariana Trench.
The invertebrates sailed in gas giants and bounced in boiling seas,
slowing metabolism to endure the centuries
and excel in free-range evolution.
They gathered in rock formations like gazebos,
from tidal pools to murky depths cocooned by pressure,
a garden of life that confounded the vertebrate sentients.
Angela Acosta is a bilingual Latina poet and Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian Studies at The Ohio State University. She is a 2022 Dream Foundry Contest for Emerging Writers Finalist, 2022 Somos en Escrito Extra-Fiction Contest Honorable Mention, Rhysling nominee, and Best of the Net nominee. Her speculative poetry has appeared in Eye to the Telescope, Radon Journal, Space & Time, and Shoreline of Infinity. She is author of Summoning Space Travelers (Hiraeth Books, 2023) and Fourth Generation Chicana Unicorn (Dancing Girl Press, 2023).
Author of “Invertebrate Gazebo”
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