The Starlight SciFaiku Review, Summer 2022 (issue #2)

19 | First Memory by Douglas J. Lanzo

penal exile
sent to the moon
that no one visits

first memory
of planet earth
forged from outer space

the speed of light
stretching out my thoughts

first neutron bomb
dropped from space
no footprints in the ash

grand opening
of alien zoo
first contact

Douglas J. Lanzo

A featured and award-winning poet and novelist, Doug’s debut novel, The Year of the Bear, has been endorsed by a New York Times bestselling author and will be released for international publication later this year. 235 of Doug’s formal, free verse, haiku, senryu and tanka poetry have found homes since 2020 in 44 literary journals and four poetry anthologies across the United States, Canada, England, Wales, Austria, India, Australia, Japan, Mauritius and The Caribbean. Doug resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and 13-year-old identical twin boys, fellow internationally published haiku poets who likewise enjoy nature, tennis and chess. Doug’s author website with pre-order information for his novel is available at