Having failed to convince the scientific world of his canal-building Martians, our hero finds a new focus for his astronomical ambitions...

A New Focus (Plutonic Sonnets 136)

His work on Mars, poor Percy Lowell knew,
Seemed in the process of evaporation;
He knew he needed something new to do
To save his scientific reputation.
Since Uranus's orbit seemed not quite
Explained by Neptune, his observatory
Would seek a "Planet X," and he just might
Yet bask in something like Le Verrier's glory.
Though fruitless when poor Percy's race was through
("His greatest disappointment," one friend called it),
The search would have survived him; but untrue
His widow, Constance, proved: her lawsuit stalled it.
Let those who say there's nothing in a name
Deny the irony, but not the shame.

(Courtesy of America Star Books)

Poetry by Rob Graber
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Written on 2019-07-08 at 17:30

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