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My Ode to Pluto

Posted by C Moon on October 27, 2007

Ode to Pluto

Wish I were more prepared for this time, the sacrifice of the great Being.
As the one who ruled the underworld, who guided the dead souls to their places,
Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, placed his duties over his glories.
While Jupiter and Neptune showed off their power, dictating the sky and the sea,
He remained in Hades, beside the dead and the lost.

A brave Soul to risk his fame and honor to win his beloved one,
He abducted Proserpina, the daughter of Ceres, the Goddess of Harvest.
With Ceres in despair, human faced severe sufferings,
Under Ceres’ malediction, fruits and vegetables stopped growing.
Refusing to return to the Olympus, Ceres vainly walked along,
With every step she made, a plain changed to a desert.
Have eaten four pomegranates in Hades, Proserpina could not escape.
But with Pluto promising to Ceres, she could spend three fourths with her mother,
The remaining one fourth is what is now called winter.
And thus Pluto, the brave one, could marry whom he loved.

Over his long reign, he was regarded as generous,
But he also suffered from the Christians regarding him as the Satan.
He was later revered, even with a planet dedicated to him.
But again today, he lost his position and his honor all together.
With the advent of Eris, the Goddess of Conflict, he alone confronted her,
And to prevent her from raising her status, he sacrificed himself.
He dropped from the circle of planets.
He chose to be demoted to a dwarf planet, to shelter human from the conflicts,
In a world of despair, today I let him go.

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“Ode to Pluto” is the original draft that I prepared for the Drama Competition in February 2007.

With the discovery of Eris (2003 UB313 or the Goddess of Discord), Pluto’s status as a planet came into question. In order to call Pluto a planet, consistency would require that Eris be deemed a planet. In the definition announced by IAU on August 24, 2006, Pluto does not meet the third requirement as a planet, thus demoted to a dwarf planet.

To learn more about Pluto’s demotion, read this posting Pluto, Dwarf Planet.

I wrote “Ode to Pluto” in remembrance of Pluto, the planet or the Roman God.

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Photo Credits: (1) “Pluto, Roman God of the Underworld” by 1way2rock on Flickr

(2) “L’enlèvement de Proserpine par Pluton” by wallyg on Flickr

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