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Mary Hanrahan




Fourth Planet from the Sun

By Mary
Hanrahan

 

 

The horse knows

where to test the fence

                         
looking to break free

 

 

Raindrops

as a daughter dreams

                              
longing to be free

 

 

The loneliest people

have no one to be lonely
for

                              
no one to set free

 

 

The places we will
travel

burning bridges

                             
wanting to be free

 

 

One last cup of coffee

as she drives away

                           
knowing she is free

 

 

There are no animals on
Mars

only dust devils

                                      
whirling free

 

 

I used to live there   Mary says

pointing to the pale
blue dot

and smiling because

                                         
she is free

 

 

About Mary Hanrahan

Mary is an artist and poet living in East Lansing, Michigan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Counseling. Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets, Sonic Boom, Hedgerow, Prune Juice, Daily Haiga, The Cherita, The Merrimack Review and elsewhere. She hopes to one day be the first poet to visit Mars.

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