Daily Archives: December 7, 2008

Retreat

  Half a century since Sputnik bleeped, leaping from the frozen steppes, creeping up on a sleeping world to whirl around the startled Earth; no surfing of websites then, just frightened men and women scanning the sky with wide and … Continue reading

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On Iapetus

  The first Men on Iapetus will stand and stare down on its endless, glaring snow-white plains and soot-stained crater floors and envy us for seeing them first.   One day men and women brave will scale the rugged whale-spine … Continue reading

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Titan

  The first time I saw you I was twelve. Standing alone In the crisp Christmas snow, eyes watering With the cold I peered into my new Telescope’s eyepiece and there you were: A tiny – golden? – glint, a … Continue reading

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The Garden

  I had a dream I saw the Milky Way glowing green above the hills; always before a mottled band of wood-smoke blue, a bridge of silver mist and dust mote stars gazed at from underneath, now airbrushed gentle shades … Continue reading

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The First

  You’re out there. Somewhere. The First. Somewhere, right now, taking tiny, microscopic breaths; waiting patiently to be found; biding your time, as You’ve always done, ever since the Sun was just a glint in the Universe’s eye.   Maybe … Continue reading

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Terra’s Tale

  All who look down on her from high, high above Fall in love with her rich royal blues And luxurious verdant greens. Seen From the Moon, even chisel-jawed astronauts Swooned at the sight of her shining high Above their … Continue reading

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Stellar Cycle

  Her final farewells said, she turns her tear-filled eyes from the shining blue and white world she has called home and stares into the sea of stars. In a billion years, she knows, her body’s bones, mummified by the … Continue reading

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Solar System v2.0

  While I was sound asleep the solar system shifted silently around me, its boundary pulsing, rushing outward in a tsunami of science and Sobel-graceful plans that wrenched the much-loved two page maps from every space-mad schoolkid’s hands and ripped … Continue reading

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Silent Night

  I love the silence of the night, the aching emptiness of September’s soft-focus sky; the brittle glint of January’s cut crystal stars – all silent, beyond muffled by the weight of thinning air above my shaking head.   But … Continue reading

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On Atlas’ Shoulders

  To their visor-shielded eyes as they approach me – their gaze constantly drawn away by Saturn’s swirled-syrup clouds and icy, jewelled rings – I’ll seem a thing bizarre; a saucer-shaped albino freak drifting meekly through the dark, peeking at … Continue reading

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