The earth is loud.
Those of us here well, we already knew that.
It’s loud down here too,
we take up space and send twitter feeds to Mars, they come back rejected
nobody wants that, alien or human, we are annoying.
The other planets make sounds like humming or ocean waves –
we make sounds like TV, like shouting, like phone calls, like demands
Constant, babbling, constant, chatter, constant booming of this and that,
the space in between planets is cold and quiet, I assume, full of stars and
space junk from earth that we sent up, keep sending up, keep blowing up
and then we wonder why we don’t hear back from the ET, we wonder
if we are alone in the universe, if we are the only ones –
and all I can think is that they are tired of us
they hear us when they drive by, they hear us like it or not,
they have no interest in babysitting, no interest in starting a
relationship with a planet that is all ego and hubris,
they might use us as a reluctant rest stop now and again, but
the take off as fast as they can
covering their ears eyes mouth and nose, however many they
might have, from all of the pollution that is us, that is what humans produce
that is almost what we are and might be seen as to the universe,
a pity, a trouble, a bad part of town
if only we could be quiet for a bit,
if only we could clean up our act,
earth and our earthling selves might stand a chance at being saved
being seen, being universally redeemed.
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Jenny Justice is a poet mom who longs to bring poetry to life in ways that spark empathy, connection, joy, and feeling. She loves writing love poems, climate change awareness poems, poems for kids, and of course, poems about poetry and poets. You can follow her on Medium and at Jenny Justice, Writer. You can support her on Patreon. You can follow her poetry at Justice Poetic. You can sign up for her poem a week newsletter here – thank you!
One thought on “Upon Learning that Planets Make Sounds”
My favorite line — if only we could be quiet for a bit,