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Updated: Mar 12

I am a wanderer.

I am familiar with how the Milky Way sets

on the horizon, the way the universe dies,

the language of the stars.

Seen the world-top

from pink clouds and sipped

from stardust.

Flirted with comets.

I know that time is temporary. Yet

the reminder burns as I

place my fingers to the torrid dust,

breathe the decay.

The ground recoils at my touch.


of my footfalls reverberate through the planet

as if hollow.

This is what they used

to call Earth.

I can tell it is lonely.

Others like me have no desire to pay visit

to this once blue-green pellet that sits in oblivion.

A corner of its forgotten heliocentric system.


Its crevices

barren land and looming monsters that

brokenly splutter black smoke.

Never ending dunes of debris

soft between my toes.

This is a place God has abandoned.


is foreign to me. Yet

I am filled with it

at the sight of these armageddon red skies and

unabated sandstorms.

Walking in solitude

I explore slowly the sense of


Upon the one hundred and eighty fifth dune I


the silence dies.

I feel it instantly.


Minuscule. Deafening.


Sun catches silver, watch as a little creature

emerges from the yellow.

It is metallic, a box on four wheels.


Creature holds a flower.

I greet it.

Creature tilts its crane

as if it were a child.

“Robot.” It beeps hesitantly. “Robot.”

Sand shifts under its wheels.

Robot contemplates, then plants the rose

into the ashes.

“It will die,” I tell it.

“No,” Robot replies.

And after, I follow its trail.


As we cross the

corpses, husks

Of cities.

Over hills

Weathered rib cages

of Earth.

Robot keeps on planting.


Four letters engraved

into its shell

I learn that its name is H O P E.

H O P E is the legacy of mankind.

Of an era

now dead and buried.

Charged with the adornment of an empty shell,