They Said …

By ALEXANDER JONES

… that Mars is red from the blood spilled by that ancient god of war,
Venus is our sister planet, warm and soft and blue
and that the sun speeds around the earth.
They said God in heaven judges us, giving and taking away according to his mysterious plan.
Countless Galileos have been silenced for saying different.
But Mars is an empty wasteland,
Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system,
and the earth circles the sun.
But they also say that life is good.
Even people who dare disagree with them
should agree with that.

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