SciFaiKu — Planet Pluto


Wendy Van Camp
Lit Up
Published in
2 min readJun 20, 2019


Image by skeeze from Pixabay

Mysterious Pluto is a planetary body recently visited by our probes. The planet has undergone status changes in the last few decades. Is it a planet or not by definition? The world received its name via heated arguments in the International Astronomical Union. Plenty of inspiration for a set of scifaiku.

Charon and Pluto
two icy worldlets
ever facing his brother
in tidal embrace

Venetia’s Wish
grandpa calls from Oxford
a girl’s idea resonates
Pluto’s name bestowed

Status Change
heated debate ensues
once too small to make the grade
dwarf Pluto now planet

Planet Pluto
in the Kuiper belt
dwarfs mingle with comets
size doesn’t matter

Wendy Van Camp is the Poet Laureate for the City of Anaheim, California. Her work is influenced by cutting edge technology, astronomy, and daydreams. A graduate of the Ad Astra Speculative Fiction Workshop, Wendy has won Honorable Mention at the Writers of the Future Contest, is a twice nominated finalist for the Elgin Award, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Dwarf Stars Award. Her poems have appeared in: “Starlight Scifaiku Review”, “Quantum Visions”, “The Junction”, and “Far Horizons”. She is the poet and illustrator of “The Planets: a scifaiku poetry collection” and editor of the annual “Eccentric Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry” by Dimensionfold Publishing. Find her:



Wendy Van Camp
Lit Up

I love to read books, sketch, and drink coffee. I'm an author and the Anaheim Poet Laureate. #speculativepoetry #sciencefiction #memoir #poetry #scifaiku