You’re Always a Planet (An Ode to Pluto)

The latest in my alternative lyrics/dreadful poetry, inspired by a Twitter conversation about the brontosaurus and a certain former planet.


You’re Always a Planet

You’re so far away, but you’re close to my heart
No classifications will tear us apart
Beyond the gas giants, you’re orbiting free
You’re distant and small, but you’re always a planet to me

Predicted by Lowell and Le Verrier
Named after a god by Venetia Burney
You dance round our sun so eccentrically
With Charon in tow, oh, you’re always a planet to me

Oh, but it wasn’t to last
You were struck from the list
In 2008
Oh, you’re a plutoid, they say
The spacecraft’s on its way
But too little, too late

Cross over with Neptune, continue your dance
You’re as good as the rest, if they gave you a chance
One day they’ll accept what I already see
You’re a snowball in hell
But you weather it well
And you’re always a planet to me


Alice’s books are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Her webcomics, co-created and illustrated by Emily Brady, can be found at the Footloose website. Ally rambles about writing, feminism, and odd questions that cross her mind on Twitter and Facebook.


About Alice Nuttall

Alice Nuttall is a caffeine-guzzling knitter who divides her time between Oxford and the various worlds in her head. She is the author of a YA fantasy novel, Spider Circus, and three webcomics, Footloose, Cherry, and Black Market Magic, as well as several short stories.
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