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Barry Ballard is the author of First Probe To Antarctica (Bright Hill Press, 2004).

First Probe

When the earth is tempered, compressed and cooled
in the heavens like something somber
and inanimate, I wonder if we'll
be photographed, our spectrum smudged and framed
on someone's laboratory floor, each hue
of color speaking of how we were conquered
by our own base elements. They'd peel
back the layers, speculate about the chain

of our history, if it was sung
or written, if their probes could still find it
in the chipped palms of our carbon fists, carrying
off the frozen samples where the small sum
of our "soul of ideas" would be cupped
like breathing ashes in their stainless steel hands.

From First Probe to Antartica by Barry Ballard, published by Bright Hill Press. Copyright © 2003 by Barry Ballard. All rights reserved.

From First Probe to Antartica by Barry Ballard, published by Bright Hill Press. Copyright © 2003 by Barry Ballard. All rights reserved.

Barry Ballard

Barry Ballard is the author of First Probe To Antarctica (Bright Hill Press, 2004).