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Due to unique orbits,
Mars will closely pass our Earth --
the first time in 5,000 years.

I cannot contain it.
What does that number define?
How many millennia border?

Before Socrates took hemlock?
Before Pompeii, black and burning?
Surely not the pyramids.

I will not find out.
It is good to wonder, wander
within catacombs.

No one worries now
on the dry cold mornings
in line for a crust of bread.

No one stops to feel
the taste of divine sleep
within ancient cups.

It's all sedated knowledge,
full on text and diagrams
without insight's promise.

That will keep me cruel in August
as I train my telescope
upon brightened orbs.
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1 posted 07-30-2003 04:20 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

That will keep me cruel in August
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I dont know about cruel..but I know you write oh so very cool


I will not find out.
It is good to wonder, wander
within catacombs.
~~
No one stops to feel
the taste of divine sleep
within ancient cups.


see what i mean

"How could I stand here with you and not be moved by you."

LH

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2 posted 07-30-2003 04:54 PM       View Profile for Marshalzu   Email Marshalzu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marshalzu's Home Page   View IP for Marshalzu

Delightful reading Mikey, thanks for sharing this with us

Andy
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Wonderous.
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You're right.  We're far too advanced to fully appreciate something like Mars passing closely by the Earth, because it's something we calculate precisely with our science.  It's nothing to wonder at, it's been ruined and fed to us as plain fact.  

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way... thanks for the write, Mike.

Parasite

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
~~~Emily Dickinson

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It's not ruined for me...it's a once in a life time experience, and I'm going to enjoy wandering ITS catacombs...

but an excellent write.  We've missed you, Mikey!
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6 posted 08-09-2003 03:04 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Thanks. This poem was inspired by a nerdy co-worker sending out a message to everyone at the office talking about the astronomical phenomenon, then, quite excitedly, ended with NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN.

So that struck me as strange wording. I edited it into the title, then pondered what history really means, and how much we can really understand.
 
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