Poetry from Sudeep Adhikari


Ethics of Space Exploration

So I finally learned the ethics and politics

of space exploration.


Try to find life at the far corners

of unforgiving solitude. Shoot the kids

in Yemen and Afghanistan.


Go bonkers about the discovery of habitable

planets. Bomb the shit out of Aleppo

to make it  look like poor people’s Mars.


Hope the aliens from space are nice

and friendly. Kill the brothers from another country

if they drink beer in your bar.


So the space moralists told me,

“Nobody owns the moon”.


Damn fucking right!

I told them nobody owns Earth either.


Sudeep Adhikari is a structural engineer/Lecturer  from Kathmandu, Nepal.   His recent publications were with   Red Fez , Kyoto  , Your One Phone Call, Jawline Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Yellow Mama, Fauna Quarterly, Beatnik Cowboys, After The Pause, Poetry Pacific, Silver Birch Press and  Vox Poetica.