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I see infinity lying at my fingertips
When the moon rises and the stars quip
In their speechless tongue,
Measured in nanometers and wrung
From the union of basic simplicity,
The language of our complicity
In mysteries billions of times
Beyond our scale and sublime
Before our minds ever existed:
We are small, yet we persisted
In walking out of ourselves
Into foreign gravities, to delve
Deeper into the words stars shine
Into our eyes and trace their lines
Back to the beginning, so that one day
We may see a foreign sunrise and say
"It's beautiful" in the company
Of others from another place, and finally
Know why everything came to be.
I don't understand the words reaching me,
But trusting the possibilities of their meaning
I continue in observing the sky and freeing
My fellows from the surly bonds of Earth;
For their meaning I'll give all I'm worth.
For all the astronauts, astronomers, and other space explorers out there.
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AlterEgo1629 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, once again. :)
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KeanuWantRoomService Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student Writer
Reminds me of Hum... which is a great compliment, if you've never heard of them.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, and for the :+fav:. :)

Nope, never heard of them. What are they like?
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KeanuWantRoomService Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student Writer
They're a grunge band from the 90's(redundant....) with very complex spacer lyrics. Your poem reminded me of them.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Space travel grunge band? Or, on the off chance, a druggie grunge band?
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KeanuWantRoomService Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student Writer
Three of the four members have master's degrees, so more the former with a touch of the latter.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Groovy.
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful ode, buddy! Your rhymes leave mine in the dirt. I'm tres jealous. :D
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, and also for the :+fav: and the :llama:. :D

Nah, I'm not a great rhymer either; thank online dictionaries for a good deal of them...
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Haha! Agreed, buddy.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wiktionary is really useful; they give you rhymes for a lot of the words.
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've never used it! I'm usually at thesaurus.com.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I guess I'll try that out sometime...
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Cibbwin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's my best friend. :D
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...
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VampiricBunny Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
you seem much more.. happier? in your words, that is good :heart:.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Courage and determination are always worth writing about.
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VampiricBunny Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
oh of course. i always liked.. space.
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Space was always a fascinating thing for me, too.
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MichaelOrtega Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
very well written!
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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Mercy-Waters Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
This is lovely. :heart:
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. And for the fave. :D
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Mercy-Waters Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
You're welcome :]
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:peace::)
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rocky-loves-emily Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
awesome
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D

Ever read "High Flight"?
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rocky-loves-emily Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
no tell me about it
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


-John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
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rocky-loves-emily Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
wow, amazing, i luv it thanx for sharing
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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