EVE OF PURPLE LEAVES IN DEEP SPACE

Written by: James Tate


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