Mary Hanrahan

Fourth Planet from the Sun

By Mary Hanrahan



The horse knows

where to test the fence

                          looking to break free




as a daughter dreams

                               longing to be free



The loneliest people

have no one to be lonely for

                               no one to set free



The places we will travel

burning bridges

                              wanting to be free



One last cup of coffee

as she drives away

                            knowing she is free



There are no animals on Mars

only dust devils

                                       whirling free



I used to live there   Mary says

pointing to the pale blue dot

and smiling because

                                          she is free



Mary is an artist and poet living in East Lansing, Michigan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Counseling.  Her work appears in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Bottle Rockets, Sonic Boom, Hedgerow, Prune Juice, Daily Haiga, The Cherita, The Merrimack Review and elsewhere.  She hopes to one day be the first poet to visit Mars.