By Kenny A. Chaffin

Spirit RoverNASA

The pictures were brilliant
the best ever seen from the
surface of Mars. Then
as it reached out
to touch that surface,
like Adam reaching
to touch the finger of God,
it died, sending only a
nondescript tone across
millions of miles –
a heart monitor flatlined
leaving humanity listening
with perked ears and
waiting on Opportunity.

Kenny A. Chaffin

Kenny A. Chaffin has written poetry and fiction for the last twelve years and has published poems in Vision Magazine, Array, Esc!, The Bay Review, The Caney River Reader, WritersHood, Star*Line, MiPo, and Melange. He lives in Denver, Colorado. He can be reached through his website,