(Besides participating in the 2013 Blogging A to Z April Challenge, I'm also participating in National Poetry Writing Month. In NaPoWriMo, I'm write a poem a day for the whole month. Here is the poem for the 11th day.)
From the beginning the stars
called us from endless falling,
but earthbound our steps fell
until the Brothers Wright wrought
wings for their brethren.
Silver arced through the clouds
and then into the black beyond --
silent moon and ancient Mars,
fiery Venus, molten Mercury,
gas giants three, and comet cloud.
Humanity homesteaded the system.
A few of the early explorers died,
but the stars still endlessly called.
We planned worldships, but physics
found a loophole in the laws.
Remember always this moment.
Remember where you stand
while those left yearning behind
hold their breath as the first
starship finally answers the call.
(Copyright 2013 by Stephen B. Bagley. All rights reserved. No copying without prior permission. Thank you for reading.)