The GoFundMe Script for Alpha-Centauri

Kids:

Collect your pennies and bottle return dimes. Check any return slots on parking meters and vending machines that don’t use credit cards. Send your change to scientists planning to launch robots the size of cell phones to the nearest star system. Mini rockets, mini-explorations that will open like butterflies to the stars. Fueled by lasers sending wands of light to small sails to drive the robots forward. Be a part of seeing a new star system.

Swarms of robots will send pictures as texts. Keep us current on your phone number. We will never sell your number to anyone. Cling to your phones to be first to have scientists text you images of the Alpha-Centauri’s binary stars, its red dwarf. This new form of social security.

See the unknown in your lifetime. Yours. In the palm of your hand.

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Tricia Knoll

Tricia Knoll is a tree-hugging feminist Oregon poet who is retired from many years of communications work for the City of Portland. She has a slight voice disabilty which makes humming sound better than her singing. Her fingernails are often dirty from working in a garden planned to attract pollinators, preserve native plants, and delight the eye with outrageous roses. Her poetry collections focus on eco-poetry. Ocean's Laughter (Aldrich Press 2016) focuses on change over time in a small Oregon town on the north coast. Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press 2014) examines human interactions with wildlife in urban habitat.

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