Poems of the Week

Sniff This Space

by Ruth S. Baker

“There’s a new perfume that smells like outer space…
This scent was initially made to help train astronauts
and eliminate any surprises they may experience while launching into orbit.
Several astronauts have described the smell as being similar to seared steak,
raspberries and metal.”

ABC News

The aura of the firmament
No human nose could tell
Till NASA launched a bottled scent
Which recreates the smell.

Weigh, Astronaut, this attribute,
And pause before you choose
An atmosphere of charcoaled fruit
And rusty barbecues.