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Ode to ALSEP

With all the world waiting, we turned our eyes skyward. 
Remember that day when we all looked through 
Our electric windows on the universe, 
Seeing old spheres from a new point of view? 

Three times again, and again, and again, 
Descending on dancing flames, 
They scurried, slow-motion, through ancient dust 
Who still now remembers their names? 

They did the unthinkable, achieved the impossible, 
Went where none had preceded, and more. 
"Ho-hum! ...another launch, you say? 
Is football on Channel Four?" 

Mechanical colonists left behind 
When we blasted back home in our ships 
Drew life in their bellies from shattering atoms, 
Energizing electronic chips. 

They sensed the heat of ancient fires, 
Moon-embers, banked deep inside. 
They felt the star-bits streaming, 
And the rumbling silent tide. 

ALSEP voices, talking to Earth 
In chattering bits and bytes 
Sent their colonial treasures back 
Through the lunar days and nights. 

They measured the limb-shocked solar winds, 
Changing the charges in sputtered lands, 
And vibrating signals crossed the void, 
Twitching inked fingers on metal hands. 

The footprints and tire-tracks, unchanging, remain. 
Like paths to the future, they glisten. 
Solipsistic sentinals converse with themselves, 
But there's nobody left who can listen. 

George Hastings October 1, 1977

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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 4:28:00 PM
    So long ago and far away but as we know is still in play. Now, George, can you write one for today? Allan

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 4:24:00 PM
    Great work Sir. Thank you for sharing

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 2:19:00 PM
    Interesting George, wow! i felt as if i read the life of a robot... enjoyed , your first poem on the soup is excellent for the readers, I love it!! Stopping by with a nice, sweet Welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best when it comes to your poems. I hope you get to meet all the nice poets around here. Starting with me. SKAT :-) Please drop a hello and tell me a little about yourself if you like. I would like to be your newest poetry soup fan and "FRIEND"....... God Bless..... Hugs* Skat *

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 11:31:00 AM
    PS. -A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. Dropping by to invite you to my latest contest. You will find the contest page on the top left hand side* -Looking forward in following and reading your poetry. Hope to hear from you soon. You will enjoy the community, we are one big happy family. (Drama & Love. LOL) ~ Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 11:30:00 AM
    good afternoon George, it's an honor to read a poem on the topic, that is lingering the mind. I love how you titled the poem to an open ODE. a perfect 10 poem... love your first post. luv Linda

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 11:24:00 AM
    Hello new member George !- Well done, poem. :) - Welcome to P-Soup. - Thank you for choosing to share your poems here with us. - I look forward to reading more in the future. - Have a good time and I wish you luck. - (Give and receive comments) - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)