The Space Cadet Science Fiction Review, Spring 2022 (issue #1)

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Poetry by Alison Jennings

Planet of the Poets: Paradise Regained

With curiosity and agility, embark upon a voyage through the galaxy
to another world, where nature and humanity dwell in harmony.

It’s the Planet of the Poets, where we each can live in our own true way.

Blessed with sunlight on verdant hills, this comely sphere is one-fifth
the size of our moon, yet previews Paradise, with azure skies, a cobalt
sea, ample vegetation to feed everyone. Housing’s readily available,
from mansions to simple cottages. Trade bustles at the local markets.

Everywhere are lovely vistas of hills, castles, villages. At sunrise, the sea
outlines mountains in soft yellows, dramatic oranges, shimmering blues.

In the evening, townspeople gather in the piazza: shy teenagers, mothers
with strollers and children. Outdoor concerts flourish in portions of ruined
villas amid starry skies and flower-draped arbors. Near the peaks, you may
meet a lone shepherd and goats, or see twinkling lights across the valley.

Artists and writers love it here, where they can find beauty and the perfect
level of intensity, from a peaceful moment to an exhilarating crescendo.

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