You go to bed with a twinge of fear somewhere unshakeable in your mind. You drift to sleep, ignoring this red flag.
Hours later, you awake from turbulent dreams to find your bedroom unchanged save a note speared to your door with a deli sandwich sword. As you read it, comprehension dawns with the sun.
While you slept, puzzle pirates broke into your home, stealing almost everything of value. Their captain waits on the other side of your door. If you can tell him the answer to a puzzle before everything is loaded into the pirates' ship, it will all be returned. The answer will be one word.
As you finish reading, your hope flagging, a sheet of paper slides under your door. On it, you find the poem below, titled 'Soliloquy of a Naval Gazer.' It strikes you as something you'll have to go through multiple times.
The sky hangs clear over the Martian plain
The 22nd state unveils its new law
The red planet's cloudless again
Switzerland, ailed by jaundice
The northwest of Egmond, North Holland
Calmest midnight in the land of the rising sun
With care, marine scientists scrutinize the upper Chesapeake's state
Unhappy division, on average pink
Below the poem is scrawled this quote:
“The key to reading is to picture each scene in your mind.”
What's the answer?
Most people would need the internet for this, though it doesn't require much prior knowledge. There have been several people named Elizabeth Ross, but the relevant one was born in the 1700s.
Each line of the poem is the same sort of clue.