Concerning Our Interplanetary Craft

by Tim Myers

Pioneers and Voyagers,
bound eventually to leave the solar system,
machines we hurled into the deeps
with frail messages aboard:
What sadness, what exhilaration do we feel
at thus abandoning part of ourselves
to the immensity, to space-time itself,
condemning our precious words to this
lonely reckless dramatic cast?

It's us, our race, the human one:
thinking selves hurled into existence,
borne up or baffled by ecstasy, sorrow,
the tick of each life a solitude and a risk,
mouths blazing out their songs
whether anyone hears or not!

Copyright © 2005, Tim Myers

Tim Myers won a national poetry contest judged by John Updike, has published over 100 poems (Rattle, Northeast, Southern Humanities Review, national anthologies), and has a chapbook coming out from Pecan Grove Press. An essay he wrote was recently nominated for a Pushcart. Tim's children's book Basho and the Fox was read on NPR, made The New York Times bestseller list for children's books, and was honored by Smithsonian Magazine, The Children's Book Council, and Bank Street College. His Tanuki's Gift was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by Bank Street College and Nick Jr. Magazine. Basho and the River Stones received an excellent review in The New York Times and is a Junior Library Guild selection. His latest book is Good Babies, from Candlewick. He teaches at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area.

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Artist's concept of Voyager spacecraft courtesy of NASA