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Rare Earth

The biophysicists who think there’s little chance

that life (advanced, that is) exists

anywhere other than on Earth

say what I felt last night before I read their book,

in which they state

we’re right against it, the abyss

—a word whose tone had killed it for me

until this.

from CivilizationFind more by Elizabeth Arnold at the library

Copyright © 2006 Elizabeth Arnold
Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

Published in Elizabeth Arnold Poems

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