The Day We Lost Pluto
by Lori Kean

(For Mike)

Seems the biggest news these days
is Pluto’s not going to be a planet anymore.

Seems Pluto is finally leaving
the comfortable structure of planets

we’ve known since our birth.
And not everyone is happy about it.

While you astronomers argue logistics,
we schoolchildren are beside ourselves;

it’s hard to let go of our favorite planet,
the only one with uncommon orbit and tilt.

We are sentimental creatures of habit
and the science of leaving our solar system

will not bend itself to our childish wants and needs.
Seems Pluto is where it is, moving as it does,

in control of its own free-floating path,
no matter if we beg him to stay in our orbit.

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