Poem: Triple sunset

Poem: Triple sunset
This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from the super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc. The brightest star in the sky is the red dwarf Gliese 667 C, which is part of a triple star system. Credits: ESO / L. Calçada

Here lies the bathing light of the red dragon,
deepening horizons on a world so foreign

Yet much like a heaven that is our Earth,
there could be water on its surface unhurt

Could there be life too on this land of the triple-star,
would they also figure out who they are?

Would they comprehend the distant binary-star show?
that they are the suns of the one they know

Oh what a view it would be,
for life there to see

But if on that world
there isn’t any,
let it be the carved destiny of humanity.

This is a poetic follow-up to my article How Isaac Asimov used science fiction to point out our biases

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