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as we dream (an adventure in sci-fi)

the ship no longer gleams
its luster lost while warping
for eons through eternity
myriad indentations pock
the surface from many minor
impacts with space debris
and we, the last of our race,
nestled and nourished deep
within cling to our existence
as forever in stasis we hurtle
at light speed through the void
and dream of home long gone

a sentinel sensor computes
a collision with the errant hulk
of  an advancing asteroid and we,
as one asleep, are unaware
as ailing technology fails
to react expeditiously
the hull is breached and
navigational functionality
is compromised beyond
even the abilities of the
aging repair droids and the
ship begins to spin erratically
and we dream of cartwheels

the universe beckons
our vessel, helpless
in its clutches, spins
inexorably onwards
tumbling headlong to
unknown destinations
past fantastic nebulae
and cosmic coronas
and galaxy clusters in
our dreaming eyes

an attractive star system
interrupts the aerobatics
with a gravitational tug
that the powerless ship
is unable to resist
and we are dying
as systems malfunction
and our environment
is engulfed and consumed
by catastrophic conflagration
of stratospheric incineration
and we are burning in high level
entry to an alien atmosphere

the ship cannot withstand
such relentless friction
disintegration commences
spewing red hot cargo and
molten metal globules as
arcing sparkling trails of a
deathly downward dive
and we, cocooned, in our
stasis pods are ejected
and cast asunder from
the sanctuary which carried
us for eons through eternity
that can no longer sustain
our life support vitality
our pods plummet in freefall
until arrested by billowing chutes
we are the rain and snow
and the graceful blizzard of
blossom on a spring breeze
obscuring the sky as we drift
to land we know not where
dreaming of beginnings
on our strange new world.

to be continued

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This will now be continued on its own seperate page. Please see above and/or click on the link under the banner – ‘The Eons Of Eternity’

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  1. February 28, 2011 at 02:35

    You’re out of control midst all the unknown, with no way to repair the ship. Now I have to find out how escape is possible. Thanks for sharing.

  2. February 28, 2011 at 02:46

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing journey into a strange new world. The way you’ve described it, I am pretty sure you’ve actually been through this, which makes me breathe easier … you must have survived since your here to tell the tale.

  3. February 28, 2011 at 04:59

    Full of suspense and possibilities 🙂

  4. February 28, 2011 at 06:07

    Old-school science fiction!

  5. Old Ollie
    February 28, 2011 at 13:53

    Great idea for a poem – FRESH!

  6. Jaan Pehchaan
    February 28, 2011 at 16:00

    I envy you for your muse!

  7. February 28, 2011 at 16:32

    masterful…

    A++

  8. Scent of my heart
    February 28, 2011 at 17:35

    Very creative!

  9. February 28, 2011 at 19:20

    Engrossing-ly creative! When’s the next part coming? 🙂

  10. February 28, 2011 at 19:27

    Whoaa!! That was some awesome imagery there! So vivid…
    It even seemed like a mega-metaphor on life to me…

    Very very well written!!
    And good luck on this fantabulous journey!!

  11. February 28, 2011 at 19:36

    What a fantastic ride this was!!!!!! Love all the stardust and nebulae! Such original writing.

  12. March 2, 2011 at 20:02

    as one journey ends…so begins another. Absolutely lovely! I’m intrigued to hear what happens next.

  13. March 4, 2011 at 04:03

    Thanks for taking us on a suspenseful journey. Looking forward to the continuation.

    Well done Poetry Potluck. Thank you!

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