Does it…could it ever…snow on Mars?
We wrote ‘stream of consciousness’ style for 10 minutes, with the trigger ‘I remember when…’ which took me bounding back to childhood (of course it would). The twist was it also had to include ‘an impossibility’ – thanks Stevie!
Snow on Mars
Sometimes there’s snow on Mars:
grey, red, navy blue.
It comes in slow shapes
like the colours inside a kaleidoscope,
each day a different intensity
(though Monday’s have always been brown).
I didn’t like gravy at school,
murky water creeping around the side of the plate
urging to escape, like the un-dry damp
in the kitchen, obvious; a slow
Concorde cruising the wall between the cooker and the fridge.
And I’m knitting a scarf for the cat
in layers of blue and not quite black –
thank god I’m wearing my winter tights.
Just like The Etymology of Azure, this is the kind of poem I would never have come up with on my own, though using this fun and clever technique I found all sorts of interesting words and phrases that have taken me somewhere new and different, exploring the wonders of our galaxy and the impossibilities of science.
I enjoyed exploring a childhood memory, including my first piece of knitting after the obligatory ‘square’ that came out like a tattered rectangle. And Monday’s are still very brown when filtered through my synaesthesia-tinted mind. How many others experience this?
And with Mars a world away, it feels like the real question is: will it snow for Christmas?