We wade into the waters of the unknown,
Horizons beckon us further inwards
Today we stand off a fascinating precipice
On the drifting shores of the cosmic ocean.
You are not alone, a planet stands by
As you weave music in solitude
Your identity, your humanity, your limits
One voice in the cosmic fugue.
How shall you shape the universe?
By forcing a harmony of the worlds?
Or will you begin to erode slowly,
The meek lines between Heaven & Hell?
Will you bring war to the planet of Gaia
Hanging capriciously on a sun beam?
Or will you bring upon ruthlessly,
Wandering blues for a red planet?
Journeys of the endless bring you home,
In ways we cannot yet understand
Like the human urge of exploration
Kindled in the flames of a traveller’s tales.
Sprawled across the indigo hues
Of an undisturbed sky of wonder
Lies a vision of utmost grandeur
Held up by the backbone of night.
Visions of awe & splendour,
That quenches our thirst only slightly
Whilst slowly whetting our appetite
To embark on travels of space & time.
We live to witness the lives of stars,
Slowly burning away their mist
Creating in their stellar bellies
The star-stuff of you & me.
We are still waiting on those horizons,
Of a musky orange awakening dawn
Yet the feeling is exhilarating
When we witness the edge of forever.
We transit the waves of awe,
Through our persistence of memory
And slowly awaken our minds
To an Encyclopedia Galactica.
Yet look back once in a while
To your pale blue dot
With its soft blue and green
Wondering who speaks for Earth.
- A tribute to Dr. Carl Sagan.