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You have probably come across
those scales in planetariums
that tell you how much you
would weigh on other planets.
You have noticed the fat ones
lingering on the Mars scale
and the emaciated slowing up
the line for Neptune.
As a creature of average weight,
I fail to see the attraction.
Imagine squatting in the wasteland
of Pluto, all five tons of you,
or wandering around Mercury
wondering what to do next with your ounce.
How much better to step onto
the simple bathroom scale,
a happy earthling feeling
the familiar ropes of gravity,
157 pounds standing soaking wet
a respectful distance from the sun.
Yusong Liu '17, while not a poet, is a creative force all his own. A fiction writer, comic, occasional playwright, and now blogger, his words are filled with the search for the poetic in the mundane, the beautifully cliche, and the downright awful. Irreverent and personal, Yusong is not afraid to let his readers deep into his own mind in his attempt to rectify the almost incorruptible image of a writer exiled to melancholic Paris and the anti-climactic reality that is often, well, reality. What sets our blogger apart, and what secured my avid readership, is that Yusong seems comfortable in this tension, always managing to extract humor, beauty, and yes, even poetry, from life's little kicks in the ass.