Although often obscured by other, larger, circling bodies
And usually hidden in the glare of its mother sun,
We occasionally glimpsed that singular blue green rock.
We saw how, after a chaotic launch party, and being knocked about,
This rock cleaned and preened itself, made a breathable atmosphere,
Made oceans, cells, plants, and learnt to hide its carbon waste.
We wanted to award this planet the Universe Achievement Prize,
For its knowledge, resilience, .compassion, persistence
In the face of its imminent annihilation .
Our tiny courier had plotted his ages-long course with care
But he hadn’t known the jealousy of the gas guard planets
Whose outer orbits he’d have to cross.
They showed no sympathy for his loving mission,
His gorgeous crafted finery, or even his song.
He was sucked into one of them and crushed, we think.
We withdrew our interest from the unreachable rock
And left it unaware that we were there
And had admired what it had wrought in vain.