Emerging from liquid,
unique in the solar system,
as far as I know, 

I am a messenger, and
my story is far from over.

There are still maps to
be formed and surfaced- 
ideas to be risked, sent like

a probe crashing
into the orbit of Mercury.

I am still getting closer to 
the distance
of a different destiny, at least
until the fuel runs out.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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