Eternal sunset and lakes of fury
Brightly she shines in our night sky;
her name the goddess of love.
Once Earth's twin –
similar in size and structure –
her hellish heat
and sulphuric sky
have rendered her an evil monster.
Cloaked in a carbon dioxide blanket,
her acid rain, violent volcanoes
and lakes of lava run rampant;
their heat unable to escape
the scorching surface.
No seasons serve to cool or calm.
Even the night
offers little respite
from the soaring heat
and you could be forgiven for thinking
that night-time might last for ever.
With no moon to light the sky,
the planet plunges into darkness,
save for its own continued
Still, were you to
survive the four-month journey,
the noxious clouds,
the crushing atmosphere
and ferocious temperature,
you would be rewarded
with a sunset which never ends.
It's only on Venus
that you could walk fast enough
to keep the sunset in your view
for ever and ever.
Should you tire and rest,
the sun will finally set
so very slowly.
And with a Venusian day
lasting longer than a year,
you'll have a long, long wait
until a smudge of yellow on the horizon
signals a new dawn,
as finally the sun begins its ascent
in the West.