Our windows or through telescopes and tools.
The Kepler probe has taught us more about
A thousand-light-year distant world we fools
Had thought we understood already; not
A bit like any planets we have here.
But thousand-year-old data's all we've got.
Around Hat-P-7b it's old news. Fear --
So slight but real -- grips me: I ask what if
The star, the planet, are still really there.
Just sixty-four years earlier, our stiff
Resolve to end a war led us to dare
Unleashing solar physics on Japan.
Will we still be here when some others scan?