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Per Ardua Ad Astra

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Per Ardua Ad Astra

...inspired by 'Science-Fiction Cradlesong'
        by C.S. Lewis

Were we to try for heaven,
by dust and stars be riven
to lust for foreign places
where we might find strange faces,
the cost could be pre-emptive,
marginalize incentive.

In tubes of strengthened metal,
to demonstrate our mettle,
at speeds defying gravity,
(for honour or depravity?)
unknown manifestations
might try and test our patience.

Distances beyond our ken,
regions never seen by men,
from earth's fair confines to the skies,
is this judicious? it wise?
Black as ink and unappealing,
drear is this infinite ceiling!

Perhaps we should be circumspect,
think twice before we genuflect,
raise space to a divinity,
but worship what we sense and see,
what price landscapes, dales and hills?
Space may aggravate our ills.

Note: Lewis died in 1963, 6 years before man landed on the moon.

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  1. Date: 6/8/2009 5:19:00 PM
    Keith, Congratulations on making the winners' list. All best, Orma

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 1:00:00 PM
    Keith,..I was happy to see your name on the winners list,...I from time to time peek at your writes,..don't tell no one this ! *smiles* Congratulations on an awesome packed poem! james

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 6:55:00 AM
    wow, a great poem congrats on your win, God bless you from diane

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 4:17:00 PM
    Congrats Keith on making the winners list with this fine write. Vince

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 2:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the PSoup Contest! An excellent write! Respectfully, Joe

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:49:00 PM
    So pleased to see this poem featured among the top poems well deserved, Keith. Congratulations !!!

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:28:00 AM
    Congratulations Keith on your win. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:02:00 AM
    Warmest congrats Keith on a most excellent and well deserved win! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on this poem being featured this week. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:34:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Keith . Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:27:00 PM
    Excellent write here, Keith and congratulations on your win in the latest contest here at the Soup! And, I agree we're throwing away millions (whats new ... LOL) on an adventure that won't come to any great fruition and as your last line indicates, may stir up forces over which we will really be powerless ... smile ... Great write !!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:32:00 AM
    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 7:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being placed > James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:43:00 AM
    A wonderful winning poem, Keith!! Hearty Congratulations on this amazing glad to see it among the winners!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Keith!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:12:00 AM
    Congrats to you, Keith, on your success placing in PS contest, bravo! Ernesto

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:30:00 PM
    Congrats on your success in PS contest Keith .Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:22:00 PM
    Keith congratulations on placing in the Soup contest - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:49:00 AM
    Keith, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 10:04:00 AM
    Space travel seems pointless if we can't survive long enough on our own planet to build the ships to travel long distances ... very thought provoking write here, Keith and now that it is a "first round survivor" ... smile ... good luck in the contest !