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.