Didactic Doggerel

Space-Ball

Note: Merkanooka is in Australia. Seguin, a town in Texas, is pronounced “suh-GHEEN.” Turley is in Oklahoma.

A space-ball fell from nowhere on Namibia,
A place more noted for a fossil tibia.

Another one, the Merkanooka ball
From Gemini, no mystery at all,

Held water for the astronauts to drink.
This latest one I don’t know what to think.

A Turley lady got a noggin-knock
From sky junk happily not hard as rock.

The Phobos-Grunt Mars probe that has been stuck,
A fourteen-ton colossus out of luck,

Will make a very hard landing not far
From where I hope that only oceans are.

A Delta rocket needed a latrine,
And dropped its waste from Saudi to Seguin.

A nuked-up Russian bird ran all amuck
And slammed the Arctic like a hockey puck.

This litter from the heavens makes me mutter:
How on earth to dodge the rain of clutter?

The slogan of Texas, “Don’t mess with me,”
Excludes the mess from space, apparently.

The only remedy I know of, fellas,
Is carrying some mighty stout umbrellas!

References:
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45770560/ns/today-today_tech/t/mysterious-space-ball-
crashes-down-namibia-grasslands/#.TvSRPTUS2Ag
http://www.space.com/9708-worst-space-debris-events-time.html
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/man-escapes-as-satellite-piece-crashes-through-roof-
160651

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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