Poetry on Mars

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Astro-Explorer, NASA
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While in the HI-SEAS habitat I wanted to challenge myself creatively and I also wanted to inspire people to follow the mission. So I decided to learn about poetry. Up until this point I didn’t know anything about poetry. But I found a website that listed the different poetic forms. So over the 4-month mission I created a poem using each of the forms. These poems were originally posted on the HI-SEAS.org website and on the Facebook fan page. It was a great activity and the response was excellent. Here are my 14 Mars poems:

May 6th, 2013

Today I have an acrostic poem for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means. I too had to look it up. It is poetry in which the first letter of each line spells out a word when read vertically and the word is usually the subject of the poem. So here it goes – my first poem as a Martian.


May 19, 2013

A Mars Haiku: To continue with my poetry I have decided to take on the Haiku: an ancient Japanese form. It has three lines with a fixed number of syllables (line 1 = 5 syllables; line 2 = 7 syllables; line 3 = 5 syllables) and they often deal with nature so in my case it will deal with Mars.

A Mars Haiku

May 21, 2013

A Mars Couplet: A couplet is a two-line poem with a simple rhyming pattern (same meter and the endings rhyme). They tend to be fun and humorous.

Mars Couplet

May 28, 2013

A Mars Tanks:  A tanka is similar to a haiku. It is a Japanese form that has 5 lines and uses syllables instead of rhyme.

  • Line 1 has 5 syllables
  • Line 2 has 7 syllables
  • line 3 has 5 syllables
  • line 4 has 7 syllables
  • Line 5 has 7 syllables

My Mars Tanka

June 5, 2014

A Mars Cinquain:  A cinquain is a poem about a specific topic, consisting of 5 lines, and a required number of syllables.

Line 1 = Title (noun) with 2 syllables

Line 2 = Description with 4 syllables

Line 3 = Action with 6 syllables

Line 4 = Feeling (phrase) with 8 syllables

Line 5 = Title (synonym for line 1) with 2 syllables

A Mars Cinquain

June 10, 2013

My Mars Diamonte Poem: A diamonte poem is a diamond shaped poem with seven lines. It is similar to a cinquain. Here is the structure for each line:

Line 1 = Noun or subject

Line 2 = Two adjectives

Line 3 = Three words ending in ‘ing’

Line 4 = Four words about the subject

Line 5 = Three words ending in ‘ing’

Line 6 = Two adjectives

Line 7 = Synonym for the subject

I am the education outreach officer for the HI-SEAS mission. What that really means is that I take a lot of photos and videos of the crew, habitat, and anything else dealing with the mission.

My Mars Diamonte Poem web

June 15, 2013

A Mars Limerick: A limerick is a poem with five lines and is often whimsical. Lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme with each other and lines 3 and 4 also rhyme. The rhyming pattern is AABBA.

A Mars Limerick

June 17, 2013

My Mars Proverb: A proverb is a poetic form that uses rhyme, rhythm, and metaphors to provide vivid imagery and to teach moral lessons. Here are three proverbs I created to express my thoughts about Mars.

My Mars Proverbs web

June 26, 2013

My Shape Poem: A shape poem is a poetic form where the words form a visible picture on the page. The shape usually reflects the subject of the poem. So here is my shape poem dealing with the HI-SEAS habitat.

Shape Poem web

July 2, 2013

My Mars Rap: The Selection

Continuing with my poetry challenge – this week’s form was a real challenge: rap or spoken word.  I have no musical talent and I certainly can’t sing, but I managed to come up with a nice little rap that I hope you will enjoy. It is about being selected to go to Mars.

July 10, 2013

Free Verse Poem: Space

Free verse is a form of poetry without rules of form, rhythm, meter, of rhyme. Here is my free verse poem about space. What do you think about space?

Space - web

July 18, 2013

A Mars Quatrain: Quatrains are a form of rhyming poetry that contains four lines. Rhyming patterns consist of AABB, ABAB, ABBA, and ABCB. For my Mars quatrain I chose an AABB pattern.

A Mars Quatrain - cropped

July 24, 2013

Sonnet: The Hab

A sonnet is a poem with 14 lines that begins with 3 quatrains and ends with a couplet. Can you name a famous sonnet writer? If Shakespeare came to mind then yes, you are correct. Here is my Hab at Night Sonnet. I have only one poem left to do to finish up my challenge.

Hab at night - web

August 18, 2013

A Mars Narrative: My very last poem is the narrative. I decided to do a take on the movie the Breakfast club. Here is my Space Club:

Stardust swirling together
Within A flickering moment in time
Let the Uncertainty begin
Knowing a destiny that must end
A place that none have known
It’s Molded and transformed
Becoming a space bigger then self
Searching for answers while simply being a home
Creating Spacial isolation
But never really alone
Bonding over the big data
Thoughts that haunt the long haul of exploration
Everyone questioning
Fueling a Wanting to know
Individual – Diversity – Boredom – Cohesion – Unity – Romance – Drama
Labels that must be applied but not fully understood
To take command and nurture community
Seeing sanctuary in the seedlings
Constantly Adjusting the scales against subtle forces
Seeking balance within the solar winds
Safety of the mothers womb
Trusted words that speak
Gentle reminders whispered on the currents
It will all be okay
Traversing the naked land
Finding endless Beauty within a routine
Heat imprinted with sensitivity that reflects the adventurers soul
Manifesting in an enigma worth solving
To Systematically break it down to a functional level
Controversial companions
of the electronic skin
Soldiering through amid resisting doubts
It will work
Identity brought to the forefront of a people
Microscopic realities scaled exponentially for those watching
Holding up a dream that masks the truth deep within
A simple joy of the private connections
Captured and exposed to those eager to feast
Unable to show all the wonder and awe that exists between the fabric
From the  woven tapestry of Time and space
A Life streams emerges
Brought together for that simple moment
To Burn across the synaptic atmosphere
Only To be scattered back into separate elements
It is a moment we call life

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  1. Sian,

    Nice to meet you at SpaceVision. Please send me an email at Orbital soon. I have a favor/opportunity and I need your help.

    Mike Mackowski

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