Eleventh Earth

Rising from nine light-years' sleep,
suspended in an endless dream,
your first new fact is home is here,
a planet dubbed "Eleventh Earth,"
ensured by probes launched long ago
a sphere life might endure again.

Your sensors scan for gravity,
oxygen and water, land,
temperature and weather zones,
blinking reassuring glows.
Physically, it all checks out,
and soon the landing crafts dispatch.

You smile, recalling other Earths,
unlivable as they must be,
and hope this world survives your stay.
No options left, your robots pray.

Eleventh Earth © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: February 28, 2019

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