For today, my poem was inspired by this article from the Guardian about the Rosetta space probe. I started out with something about the Rosetta name but ended up with a poem more focused on the role of wonder. I love science, and typically science and poetry dovetail nicely in my work. But there was something so terribly clumsy about describing the comet as shaped like a potato versus a rubber duck. I mean, let’s do better, people. Comets themselves have always occupied a special place in my individual as well as humanity’s collective imagination, so I applied the idea of decoding (Rosetta) to the pursuit of the comet. They’re going to hold a naming contest, apparently, but for now the site where Rosetta will try to land is simply called Site J. Here’s the poem….