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Below is the poem entitled EVE OF PURPLE LEAVES IN DEEP SPACE which was written by poet James Tate. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Retrorockets blasted
Spaceship settled down
Soft landing on a planet 
Dust plumes swirling ‘round.

Crewmen tested atmosphere
Before exiting the door 
Donned cumbersome spacesuits
With a planet to explore.

Soon, strange life forms appeared 
One tall, one nimble and small 
Each wore purple leaves, from purple trees –
that’s all.

The small one plucked purple pears 
But before she ate, gave one to her mate 
The spacemen shouted quickly--
“Stop! Please wait!” 
--James Tate

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  1. Date: 10/8/2012 12:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Nathan's "Deep Space" contest James. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 11:32:00 PM
    nice poem friend James. Congratulations on your win. :)

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:16:00 PM
    ok...I had to laugh at that last caught me off guard !!! How marvelous !! Trying to prevent history from repeating itself lol Congratulations on your win...I'd have given this first place !!! Thanks for the smiles and the laugh !!

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 4:23:00 PM
    JAMES, congratulations with your awesome poem in Nathan's "deep space" contest.. enjoyed~ xox~pd

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 3:48:00 PM
    thanks for the support' nate

  1. Date: 2/4/2011 12:26:00 PM
    Love the little twist at the end James, wonderfully written. Have a wonderful weekend....:)

  1. Date: 2/1/2011 5:19:00 PM
    Wow! I love science fiction writes and this one is terrific, James. Another Soup Member James Fraser writes similar sci-fi poems. You took me on an imaginative journey. Thanks! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/28/2011 4:59:00 PM
    Is this poem based on a short story by Ray Bradbury? You have good descriptiveness and rhyming in this presentation.