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Elon Musk Wants to Send Us to Mars (IV. Rosa Stellata Var Martialis, Gravity Like a Drug)

from Var Martialis by Stelios Hadjithomas

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Rosa stellata var martialis, gravity like a drug

Rosa stellata var martialis
is a bushy plant
Which grows
on dry rocky
and sandy places,
And thrives in sub-zero temperatures.

It is chiefly found in canyons
and the streambeds of outflow channels.

It has commonly bloody mauve, purple
or burgundy flowers
and bears reddish
brown prickles
On the petioles and stems.

The plant is harvested biannually
for its anti-viral properties
And fighting off the adverse effects
Of customary skipping
in conditions with weak gravity forces.

Approach with caution. It is heavily armed and ready to fight.


from Var Martialis, released June 1, 2017
Written by Stelios Hadjithomas
Performed by Microsoft David
Recorded, mixed & produced by Stelios Hadjithomas


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Stelios Hadjithomas Dublin, Ireland

Stelios Hadjithomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans, and experiments with, genres and mediums. His poetry has been published in various literary journals online and in print in Ireland and the UK.

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