Somewhere To Look, a poem by Richard LeDue at

Somewhere To Look

Somewhere To Look

written by: Richard LeDue



They say there’s dead animals
(beyond the lens power
of a telescope bought
with a credit card
on the last Black Friday)
floating in space:
dog and monkey test pilots,
who failed,
but the fruit flies made it home
to live out their days
in a jar in a lab.

While the dead animals
were abandoned to the dark void
(we like to believe only exists
off this planet),
some of us pretend
there’s a celestial pet cemetery
up there,
where space snakes hiss hymns,
even though we continue
sending satellites, probes, people,
so we have somewhere to look
other than at ourselves.

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