Another Planet Earth
Nothing would please Angel more
than news a planet has been found
with oceans lapping sandy shores.
He scans all scientific prints
for word of objects circling stars
with habitable atmospheres.
He calls these signals from the front
and holds that astrophysicists
will one day net another Earth.
Suppose they do says Fox. So what?
The cosmos may have Earths galore
we’ll find at astronomic cost
but none with any sign of life –
none of them worth waiting for.
But Angel thinks that searching stirs
the philosophic mind.
We have a deep-felt need to know
if we’re alone or one of multitudes.
And what those multitudes may be.
The answer may be very close.
It won’t be anything like clear