Rejected Submissions to NASA’s “Send a Haiku to Mars” Contest

NASA needs your help. They’re soliciting haiku poems to send on a future mission to Mars.

Two hundred million
miles from home. Did I forget
to turn off the stove?

I love the view but
hate this planet’s atmosphere.
Yelp rating: three stars.

I’ve a feeling we’re
not in Kansas anymore.
Stupid GPS.

It’s cold here on Mars
every day. So you’d have to
be crazy to stay.

But I think it’s worth
The distance from Earth, to see
the Martians at play.

NASA wants haiku.
Limericks are considered
inappropriate.

It seems fitting that
these poems for Martians were
written by Vogons.

37 thoughts on “Rejected Submissions to NASA’s “Send a Haiku to Mars” Contest

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  1. OK, this is my fav:

    I’ve a feeling we’re
    not in Kansas anymore.
    Stupid GPS.

    Do you think they’ll take my husband? No, I’m not that anxious to get rid of him, but he’s always wanted to go.

    1. I wanted to see if anyone had done a Yelp review on Earth, but I couldn’t figure out what zip code to put in the search form.

  2. I wanted to come up with a good, ‘Cohagen give these people air’ haiku… but… yeah, my head started to throb. Can I blame this on lack of oxygen? Oh well. Wouldn’t be much fun if not read out loud in a ‘Schwarzenegger-esque’ fashion, anyway.

  3. Ah, the second was spectacular! Did you write this or is it a collection? :) Anyway, didn’t know they issued this competition. Very interesting! I always say I don’t read poetry but stumbling across it like this is so much fun :D

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