New Horizons



Through the lens
   of New Horizons
      a bird’s eye view
   of the planet Pluto
      seen from orbit
   as it did a fly`by
this past January

Three billion
   miles from earth
      yet we clearly see
   mountains & plains
      of sheer solid ice
   as if shot from
from our 737

How can it be
   we recognize
      the topography
   of a planet invisible
      to a naked eye
   yet not see into
another’s heart?

“By the word of the Lord
       the heavens were made
    and all their hosts
 By the breath of his mouth
       God gathered the waters
    of the sea as in a bottle;
       God put the deeps in storehouses.
     Let all the earth fear the Lord;
        let all the inhabitants of the world
           stand in awe of God.
     For he spoke, and it came to be;
     God commanded, and it stood firm.” ~ Psalm 33:6-9


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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