“The earth rolls upon her wings, and the sun giveth his light by day, and the moon giveth her light by night, and the stars also give their light, as they roll upon their wings in their glory, in the midst of the power of God.”

Doctrine & Covenants 88:45

How are you still there?
God placed you too
close. I gaze;
I adore;
I admire;
I feel kinship.
I feel deepest longing…

And you like a shield, but
also like a dime cast
into a bonfire,
sharply contrast—
fine curving over embers…

Mercury, I’ve heard you gave
the lie to Father Time
and the truth to Einstein…

How are you not already
melted down? How
are you not fluttering ash?

“Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any or the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power.”

Doctrine and Covenants 88:47

Poet’s Note:

The featured image, of Mercury’s recent transit of the sun, is a screen capture from a short video courtesy of NASA/SDO, HMI, and AIA science teams.

On November 11, 2019, utilizing multiple wavelengths of light, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded Mercury passing over the Sun.