Poets Are From Earth, Haiku Go To Mars

23 Sep

So NASA emailed me to say my haiku had arrived on Mars…



There’s a sentence you don’t read (or write) every day.  And what’s great is, it’s true!

Truth is relative, of course.  NASA did email, as they do every day; I’m subscribed to their website.

I did write a haiku, however, and it did go to Mars…along with thousands of others submitted to their competition.  NASA put all of the entries on to a DVD in case the Little Green Men like Japanese poetry.

According to the website:

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

It doesn’t say anything about my haiku but I guess they’re kind of busy with all the, like, sciency stuff and that.  Go figure.

But hey – I can say with absolute truth: my writing is out of this world 🙂



29 Responses to “Poets Are From Earth, Haiku Go To Mars”

  1. laurieanichols at 15:03 #

    Tilly dearest you are a celestrial poetess! How exciting! 😀

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  2. How exciting!

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  3. slpmartin at 15:42 #

    Not sure why I did it…perhaps because you mentioned it…but one of my verses hitched a ride to Mars also…how lovely to be in such fine company as yours. 🙂


  4. misswhiplash at 16:50 #

    You are unique You are the only person I know who has written a letter to Mars.maybe you will get a reply one day from a little green man

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  5. Karen Snyder at 17:54 #

    And so, for at least a year your writing will loop round and round, and where it will land nobody knows.

    “During the year-long mission, MAVEN will dip in and out of the atmosphere some 2,000 times or more to measure what and how much Mars is losing to space.” http://www.universetoday.com/114699/maven-arrives-at-mars-ready-to-go-to-work/

    I cannot find any reference to what will subsequently happen to MAVEN and her contents, but I think it is rather exciting to be even remotely connected to such distant exploration.

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  6. robincoyle at 23:35 #

    The martians emailed me and they LOVED your haiku! Didn’t they cc you in on the email?

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  7. jonathan at 09:05 #

    Well done Linda

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  8. Molly B and Me at 12:18 #

    What a great project! Keep us posted on any martian reviews.

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  9. silentlyheardonce at 18:35 #

    This sound like an adventure that may come back to you one day.

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  10. I misread your title. I thought you told Mars to go to Haiku.

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  11. Grannymar at 22:41 #

    Wonderful! Next they will want to do a reading on Mars and I do not mean the bar!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. benzeknees at 07:18 #

    Tilly Bud – you’re writing has always been out of this world! Malteser worthy!


  13. beeblu at 04:59 #

    Do you get Mars Bars in return? Gives a whole new meaning to a message in a bottle. What fun! Are you going to share the haiku with us?


    • We do!

      I love the idea that it’s a message in a bottle – you should write a poem about it.

      I would share my haiku but I can’t find it! It’s possible that I haven’t typed it up yet – I’m about a year behind…


  14. Rorybore at 21:34 #

    HA – that is so awesome! Sending poetry to space; what a great idea. Now I have visions of Captain Kirk reading sonnets and Shakespeare. Which … actually, I am certain I have heard William Shatner actually do! 🙂


  15. Musings at 08:30 #

    There’s a Martian out there just loving your poem and waiting for more.

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