I originally wrote “Indigo Skies on Proxima b” a few years ago. Proxima Centauri b, the nearest exoplanet to Earth, was discovered in 2016 and the subsequent conjecture surrounding the planet was a great source of inspiration to me. Artistic conceptions of the surface of this distant place also fired my imagination.
Of course, astronomers know little about the geography of Proxima Centauri b at present, so I took the liberty of naming some of the fictional physical features after characters from Greek mythology (Melanippe, Ocyrhoe, and Chariclo).
Although “Indigo Skies on Proxima b” examines the beginning of a new (and seemingly peaceful) day for human settlers on Proxima Centauri b, some of my other work explores the darker recesses of this exoplanet. “Deus ex Machina“, which I will be posting next month, is a good example of other writing projects that were inspired by the discovery (and potential dangers) of Proxima Centauri b.
“Indigo Skies on Proxima b”
Indigo skies swirl beyond the Melanippe Montes
Juxtaposed with a ruddy glow – twilight is appearing
A tangerine ember on the horizon haunts
Dying obsidian shadows – Proxima is dawning
Marigold beams leap over the vast Ocyrhoe Mare
Soothing the ancient basalt lee – the Sisters are dancing
Gathering warmth generates wind for all to share
Ice breaks on the Chariclo Sea – b is quickly rousing
Oily, ebony foliage responds to morning
Leaves twist and contort rapidly – human engineering
An early riser is leery of star flaring
Handles tungsten covers wisely – radiation shielding
Tedious tasks are performed in a constant gloom
Proxima wanders the heavens – the Sisters are watching
Each sibling shines a route through the dark, endless tomb
Where both light and time are woven – four years in the making