Our Time of Restless Flight

A poem and image of the earth and moon from 900 million miles...

Far Far Away - Detail
  • The Earth & Moon From Afar...

    From 900 Million Miles

  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft points towards the Earth and Moon from Saturn nearly 900 million miles (1.5 billion kilometers) away. This rare view of our planet and close neighbour shows two pricks of light in space. All we are is lived on this pale blue sphere:

Far, Far Away

  • Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
  • I wrote the poem that follows in September 2014 on the day we knew with certainty that the Voyager spacecraft, launched by NASA on September 5, 1977, moved beyond our solar system into interstellar space...

    Our Time of Restless Flight

    This dot from far so far away,
    This speck of light,
    This puff of dust,
    In darkest night we spin,
    As web in morning mist,
    As friend or foe on distant hill,
    As close as love can be,
    Caught still, together,
    K/new no more than fleeting glimpse,

    A sweet and tender kiss,
    No matter, moves between us are of tiny moment, yet,
    Our lives reach out,
    Our hope remains,
    Despite our difference, doubt and hurt,
    We build each day from dust unseen,
    We find ourselves as one from far so far away,
    This story of our lives,
    This briefest breath we share,
    From first recorded time,
    That all we are is lived on blue in reach of warmth,
    In days that turn to night,
    We look upon our sky,
    We dream towards our time unknown,
    Our time of restless flight.

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  • Mike