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Below is the poem entitled EARTH ASTRONAUTS AND PARISIAN CAFES which was written by poet Monterey Sirak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have traveled the world     rode 
the scorching desert on horseback     
Dined in Parisian cafes on the 
Left Bank repulsing the poetry                               
of amorous French men     and
toasted my toes by a roaring fire 
in a chalet high in the Swiss Alps

If you repeat a story until it is absorbed 
into the collective consciousness of 
enough people it becomes the truth     

Doesn't it?     

The world watched TV to see man land 
on the moon     No one noticed that the space 
capsule was an aluminum salt shaker
launched by a slingshot     The elaborate 
pyrotechnics disguised the truth in the hands
No one knows where the shaker ended up 
for the matching pepper shaker was waiting 
in the Australian outback resting on dusty ground
Astronauts romped around leaving footprints 
that the wind later erased     and spouted dialogue
scripted by Tonight Show writers     I could divulge 
the coordinates for the flag they left     
but that would rend the illusion     

I could relate the directions 
to my hometown of 3,000 souls     sister city 
to some Swiss town with an unpronounceable name
with the French-like bakery on the corner by the park
where the town council built a sandbox for the toddlers
But people find pride in their ability to know the truth           

Who am I to tell everyone that man never left Earth     
I never left home     
We all settled for less than we deserved 

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 3:52:00 PM
    hmm, clicking around and can't find a new one of yours to read. WEll, there is one but it was in my contest. haha. So I can't respond to it yet!!! I need to leave here soon and get home for the day. Have a nice night, Monterey.

  1. Date: 9/28/2013 6:11:00 PM
    Monterey, I have always wondered about that space walk myself. But all my friends just laugh at me when I question it. Same with the 9/11 conspiracy theories. They don't want to hear what really may have truly happened. I still reserve a kind of hope that the space walk really happened. How can we know the conspiracy theories are truth either? In any event, I LOVE this poem. It's really great writing. Got your CD the other day. Thanks so much and for your kind words. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 7:24:00 AM
    I have heard this theory before but not with such eloquence. You are a master story teller. Such a thrill to have a new poem to read. You never dissapoint. 7777777777777777 and to my favorites.

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 2:49:00 PM
    A very powerful write my little Moccasin Your poetry is always weighty and full of valor, so happy to find so many comments from you, you make me feel so loved xxx

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 9:30:00 AM
    - Pleased to read your poems today, Monterey! (This week I'm in Turkey .... next I'm home in Norway ..... after that ... maybe the moon) - Have a beautiful weekend! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)