Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars. 

. . . (the) principle of “following the water” is key to astrobiology – the study of
potential life beyond Earth. —
BBC News 7/25/18

—to R. Frost

now science tells
of a water lake on Mars
seen through algorithmic lenses
so we hear again the Sirens of
first life

we still hope to scratch that itch
imagining its synthesis
we still hope to catch the whale
tormenting us since we turned
from simple  Is  to  Unknowable
and built a babble tower of
incredible creation tales
that end in fire
or ice

Jim Culleny
Copyright 2018