Confirming Isolation

I have seen Perseverance
land – left without friends
by its blasted carrier – sat
waiting for a signal – I feel
my kinship – pithy – but it
passes [whipped away by
lurches of a fuller planet’s
pull] – We aren’t alone any
more? We hope that rivers
will be found to have run –
water & microbes on Mars
to help us realize our place
[friendlessness will blister]