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Within our lifetimes man has found a way to reach the stars,
With impudent impunity, invaded Planet Mars.
Is there no place we cannot go?  What is there left to do?
With telescopes so strong, the entire universe we view.
Does God still have a secret place where we cannot intrude?
And does he think his children are arrogant and rude?
Or he might have paternal pride in man's inquiring mind.
Perhaps he's out there planning more wonders, ours to find.

I think perhaps he'd rather that we stay in our own berth
And do a better job in taking care of Planet Earth.
He's given everything we need, if we just look around
And most of us are better off to stay on solid ground.
The poet and romantic would watch planets from afar
And need no closer look to know, how wonderful they are.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 10/20/2012 9:44:00 PM
    I love your masterpiece! Congratulations for a well-deserved win my dear Joyce! love/hugs:) Leonora

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 12:32:00 PM
    Wonderfully written. Congratulations on the win and such a poem.

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 2:59:00 PM
    Joyce, I'm not young but I could be your son (age wise) and I love your interpretation of many things. I think much has been lost from simpler times when the stories of the elders were honored and passed down generation to generation----too often now they are cast aside as out of touch and clueless---I don't agree and wish I could sit in a room full of Joyces and listen carefully and, hopefully, learn. Thank You for sharing these thoughts!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 2:44:00 PM
    Joyce, thank you for this entry. It's just amazing. Glad you enjoyed the process :) Congrats and hugs from Cyndi

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 11:04:00 AM
    I knew it was a winner..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 7:48:00 AM
    Love this - improve your own home before taking on someone else's. Congratulations. Wonderful message.

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 7:22:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this lovely write!

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:51:00 AM

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 2nd place win in Cyndi's contest Joyce. Love, Carol XXXX

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 6:02:00 AM
    Alot of truth here Joyce Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 1:17:00 AM
    wow!! so beautiful poem. Congratulations on your win friend Joyce :) cheers!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 10:15:00 PM
    Joyce; this is a beautiful poem and I agree with you. We do have everything we need here. Sometimes I think that man is trying to compeat with God. If they were to find another planet, because the Earth was going to be destroyed, it would only be the very rich that would go. The rest of us would have to stay here. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 2:14:00 PM
    love this thought-provoking write, Joyce.

  1. Date: 9/23/2012 11:08:00 AM
    So beautiful in its message and awesome in its verse. Just lovely Joyce! A most enjoyable read. Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 4:37:00 PM
    Ahhhh! I really like this one..We are not doing the best job of caring for it but we don't know how to do better..If this is for a contest, good luck..I wrote a blog about Princess and the pill..Sara

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 3:28:00 PM
    Joyce you and your poem is a beauty. What an awesome write. I often thought of these things and you have penned them in such an eloquent way. You have said it dear Joyce...kudos to you!! Thanks for reading and commenting on me. One love. Joy Wells

  1. Date: 9/22/2012 2:19:00 PM
    BRAVO! I love this poem. Humorous with a great great message. And Should man by his sheer will get near God's pantheon God would knock that tower down As He did at Babylon