How to Fly by Neptune

by on Aug 17, 2018 in Poetry, Slider | 0 comments

How to Fly by Neptune

Do not taste his magnetosphere,
his tilted manipulations
of hapless particles.

Do not behold his dusty rings,
their shepherd moons,
their dark arcs.

Do not descend close enough
to sense the inner heat
beneath his storms.

Remember the gravity of his crime,
why the Sun sentenced him
to this far orbit.

Do not listen to his pleas.
Stop up your ears.
Be resolute.


Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. She writes both fiction and poetry, and has won the Rhysling Award and the Elgin Award. Her credits include Analog, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and 119 haiku in Science. She has an antiquated website at and tweets at @MarySoonLee.

Mary Soon Lee is a LIBRA and a WOOD SNAKE in the Chinese Zodiac.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our relaunch Kickstarter goes live on July 20th!