Skyscrapers may erode
become animal bones
brittle splintglittering towers
stretching miles into the troposphere.
Raging overhead, the Vanguard I
(with solar batteries) moves
in an elliptical orbit, a small body
that emits its own light:
this is called sublimation
in places where entire mountain chains
exist in a straight line, the line of low
level of high tide, red on port
and greening starboard.
Some language borrowed directly fromModern Science Quiz Book
, compiled by
Anne Orth Epple and Lewis E. Epple, Jr.,
The Platt & Munk Co. Inc. Publishers, 1958.