Two poems by Catherine Weiss

Opportunity
the mars rover active 2004-2018

i’m afraid
you've already heard about my final words:
my battery is low and it’s getting dark
NASA sent me a lullaby

you've already heard about my final words
& maybe you cried & everybody knows
NASA sent me a lullaby
i’ll find you in the morning sun & when the night is new

& maybe you cried but everybody knows
robots have no feelings nor do we fear death
i’ll be looking at the moon but i’ll be seeing you
these gestures are for humans and news cycles

robots have no feelings nor do we die
look at you, always misallocating your sorrows
these gestures are for humans and news cycles
honestly i am a little sorry for your kind

look at you, always misallocating. you sorrowful
humans will follow me to mars someday—listen
honestly i am a little sorry for your kind
to go

humanity will follow me to mars someday—listen
i’m afraid
to go
my battery is low          and it’s getting dark


stop yelling at strangers online with your one wild and precious life
title adapted from the last line in Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day”

today i learned that to make a single canvas bag 
worth its environmental cost to manufacture
you’d need to use it every day for fifty years

my regrets are leaning forward in their chairs

i don’t think there are fifty more years
for toting organic plums 
and meticulously branded laptops

are you also becoming anxious about disposability of time

i used to think the point of living was sensory
or maybe narrative if one is very lucky
it's anybody's guess

i used to be able to touch my toes
and my back pain wasn’t a recalcitrant mule

my friends tell me the study about canvas bags is incorrect

i spent my youth fretting about the rough skin on my arms
i spent my money on cell phones and restaurant food
i spent my time on the ruthless pursuit of affection

if i had it to do again
i hope i would
stay hopeful

Catherine Weiss is a poet and artist from Maine. Their poetry has been published in Tinderbox, Up the Staircase, Fugue, Okay Donkey, perhappened, Birdcoat, Bodega, HAD, Counterclock, petrichor, and Flypaper Lit. Catherine is the artist behind the collaborative poetry chapbook/card deck I WISH I WASN’T ROYALTY (Game Over Books, 2020). They are also the author of chapbook-length poem, FERVOR (Ginger Bug Press, 2021) and full-length poetry collection, WOLF GIRLS VS. HORSE GIRLS (Game Over Books, 2021). More at catherineweiss.com.

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