Diminutive oblong moon, crater-scarred
Deimos concealed ancient origins, derelict
Of solar system creation, abandoned in
Martian orbit, chariot of old deities, when
Collective godly minds journeyed as one,
Life embracing galactic arms, their genesis
Ship waits frozen and abandoned.
Eight miles in diameter, the huge craft was
Diamond-like in space, multifaceted shining
In polychromatic light, the reverse onyx-dark,
Nearing planets without detection, divine
Histogenesis laboratory, creating, preserving
DNA, nascent life, terminating lifeforms that
Mutated into fatal evolutionary collapse.
Those attuned to strains of celestial spheres,
Recite accounts of grand cosmic designs,
Tugging planetary orbits as primordial worlds
Coalesced, concerns that Jupiter would incan-
Desce, rivaling singular Sol, that terrestrial
Life was first achieved on Mars, eons later
Extinguished by stifling atmospheric storms.
Afterwards, genesis gods focused on nearby
Blue planet, life spreading on sea and land,
Advent of dinosaurs, experiments of towering
Flesh and bone roaming earth undaunted for
Countless years. Reaching their pinnacle, they,
Too, faced abrupt end, segue of warm sea and
Land mammals, advent of modern man.
Thus, deities orchestrated life’s formation and
Destruction, forces emanating from star-like
Genesis ship, navigating solar systems, deep
Galactic space. As cosmic epochs passed, flee-
Ting moments of geologic time, the ancient ship
Was put to rest, slipping silently into orbit,
Circling once life-burgeoning Mars.
As Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter glided past the
Peculiar moon, photos disclosed the relic ship
Retained its diamond shape, indications of
Reflective faceting appeared on radar penetra-
Ting beneath feathery ocher dust. Held within
Are genetic codes that first sparked life, frozen
Embryos, variants of successful species.
Contained in ship-saved crystal cores reside
Creation time-events, recorded since univer-
Sal dawn. In cold-induced sleep, it waits until
Man ascends planetary space, and right or
Wrong, deciphers cryptic accounts of cosmic
Inception, to reckon with secretive knowledge
Possessed solely by ancient gods.
How will humanity react to divine revelations
Found therein? Will mankind cease perpetual
Self-destruction? Or will man destroy himself
To possess awareness wrested from gleaming
Crystal fonts? These decisions, actions taken,
May mark mankind’s ultimate evolution, or by
Godly sleight of hand, result in mass extinction.