Audio Reading of the Poem:
1: Galaxies everywhere. Dense and bright as pixels on a blank white screen.
2: On Earth it was an ordinary day of baseball, worship and television violence.
3: The Maluvians appeared to Rita in a fractal designed as a dream.
5: "Your weakness," spoke Goron, "is the space you allow for silence."
8: The Sonnosphere was an equation, a poem, and a book of the hidden.
13: Mindstorms along the borders made the plot impossible to detect.
21: Rita saw lines growing on a thin sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum.
34: "What? You thought this would be like an episode of your Star Trek?"
55: "Earthlings," cried the one centimeter alien, "your words are inconsequential."
89: The victims were forced to sing forever, having glimpsed the Sonnosphere.
144: "They never knew of life," thought Goron, "not even a little."
233: Rita's final aria brought even the blind eye Sun to molten yellow tears.
377: As a machine planet the Earth found the solace it'd always sought.
610: Beyond the solar winds the Maluvians looked back on a small blue dot.
First published in Olentangy Review, Winter, 2017.