Sunday, July 7, 2013

Space Race - A Magpie Tale

Image offered by Tess Kincaid for this week's prompt,
Supermoon, 2013, by Julio Cortez, AP

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Space Race

The moon has come close
enough to build our scaffolds
and clamber like apes
ever higher up,
donning slick silvery suits,
taking care to fit
all those body tubes
to all the spots we require.

We'll reach the resting
pads and gather there
to watch some who will leap off
into a free fall
to the turgid sun
and wonder what's made it so.
Far below we see
the statue's bronze flame,
the flame we were told would show
the world we were free.

July 7, 2013 9:30 AM


20 comments:

  1. Beautifully eloquent; I was touched...

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  2. Eloquent indeed! But I so wish our spirituality had kept pace with our technology. Yet there is still hope.

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    1. It is quite possible that it is already too late. On the other hand we should have succumbed already to many risks. Does that signal a constant last minute save for us or does it signal that we have had an extraordinary run of luck which could run out?

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  3. So are you an Urban Spaceman? :)

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    1. I had a t-shirt that stated "ONLY VISITING THIS PLANET"

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  4. Its kike giant saturn rocket on the launch pad , isnt it ?

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    1. It does have a certain reminiscence, especially with the cranes.

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  5. Would that it were still that simple. A flame. Freedom. Beautiful poem Christopher :)

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    1. I don't think the people in the poem felt it to be simple, nor did they think they were free. :(

      However, here is me loving you, Ms Wine and Words.

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  6. Complex, beautiful, thought-provoking write...

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  7. This makes one think. Incredible writing...

    half a moon

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  8. beautifully written, yes, eloquent, striking, the final lines read like an epitaph

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    1. They do. Epitaph, I had not thought of that. To me it was irony or something like that.

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  9. Thought-provoking and, in the end, quite discouraging.

    "/

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    1. Don't know whether you disbelieve the end or just don't like it... I have trouble believing in most of the freedom stuff that came with membership in the USA. The fishhooks are more subtle is all, and not even that sometimes.

      So many say this is the best of all possible systems and that may be true. However it may also be cause for dismay and you can easily be in a position to say "I just got screwed." It definitely is not your own damned fault all the time. I had a friend who worked for Enron but she didn't start working for Enron...she started working for PGE which became part of Enron. She was on the edge of retirement and Enron tanked. Her retirement disappeared. She didn't do anything but accept her job condition. She saw no reason to distrust anything. She was part of a "class" of innocent people, along with thousands of others. Swell system. Discouraging doesn't cover it.

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The chicken crossed the road. That's poultry in motion.


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