Inspiration for my ancestors
as they pondered how to give stones a cutting edge
came from these very same 5 planets in the predawn skies.
(So, yes, this is a #TBT & a 420 character–
count them, spaces & punctuation–9-liner.)
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn,
in their exact outward order from the sun,
shine with a steady-not-twinkling light & signal
“Earthling? We’re close!” giving me perspective & inspiration.