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A Poem for Saturday: Halfway to Pluto

Don Pettit
Node 2, Deck 5
ISS, LEO

I’m halfway to Pluto and Earth doesn’t know
The trials of travel in space as we go


With thrust to our backs while we speed on our way
The blue dot of Earth becomes fainter each day


When earthly horizons slip from your view
The color of loneliness changes its hue


And a radio call to our mission control
Takes nearly a day to just say hello


Yet our boss back on Earth abstract from our flight
Has no understanding of our minds in this plight


The Siren’s of Space singing songs for our souls
Try to tempt us to ruin on the reef of black holes


The singing of songs in space is a dream
For better or worse, you can’t hear a scream


Over eyes with wax patches, we resist Siren’s call
Thus avoiding the reef and escaping the fall


Our families back home make do while we’re gone
With or without us their life does go on


For the future of Earth and the human race
The final frontier we seek will be space


Our minds thus expand into places unknown
I’m halfway to Pluto but never alone

originally posted 24 March 2012, reposted 9 July 2015, five days before NASA's New Horizon spacecraft makes its closest approach to Pluto