Journey’s End

For Sherry’s prompt at Real Toads:  An Unreal Fairy Tale in which we retell a fairy tale or make up a new one.

Journey’s End
Listen children:
It is raining on Saturn.
The rings weep crystals of ice that fall upon
the remains of a traveler
through space –
Alone.
It came here twenty years ago –
Cassini.
Bravely it dove and dove again and took pictures of the
Great Planet Saturn
and its impressive rings.
Alone and silent it travelled
and alone and silent it sent back
images to earth.
Twenty years later it was time for Cassini to die,
all the way down until it plunged to the surface
it filmed the planet that was
to become its grave,
becoming one with the methane lakes.
The last image –
down it plunged through the rings.
Against a full harvest moon the
the ghost of an owl spreads its wings
and soars.
Listen children:
It is raining on Saturn.
Cassini tasted the tears
of that rain.

This image of Saturn’s northern hemisphere was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.

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