The Devil of the Red Planet

I have longed in the sky

eternal, and the ancients

sang trembling songs to my glory

and my human-skin tunic.

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I was a God.

My name has slain courage,

and now belongs to dusty texts.

I am forsaken among these red minerals.

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Your strange sciences have desiccated me

and reverberated my name into emptiness.

Your mind has robbed me of my kingdom

until nothing is left but ... but a

brick red planet, and an angry pink sky.

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I hurdle through space orbit, spiritless

And do naught but hungrily stare at Venus

As she revolves silently

with me.