And then there’s Mars…

April 9, 2011

It’s fifty years since Yuri Gagarin went into space (April 12), following a few unfortunate animals who had no choice.  No doubt about it, he was brave. There are many events happening worldwide for ‘Yuri’s Night’, go here for more info.

Here’s a little poem about him. This poem was previously published in The Mozzie (Queensland):

Gagarin’s death

Yuri Gagarin, first human being in space, died on a training flight in a MiG jet on 27 March 1968.

Some say it was the weather,

and others far too much fuel;

and of course, conspiracies

always have their murky place.

Personally, I believe it was

a simple swarm of birds.

Not envious, not teaching

a Soviet Icarus a thing or two.

I think they just came to see

a man who’d seen much more

than any stonechat who knows

Summer Siberia and Winter Japan.

At least you died in flight.

Some things just have to be.

P.S. Cottier


And then there’s Mars.  When are we going to get there?  Here’s another poem about space exploration, previously published in this very blog in 2009:

Dear NASA,

When we reach Mars, kicking up red dust,

walking against gusts like Marcel Marceau,

let’s not do what we did on the Moon,

forty leap and leap-less years ago.

Let us not plant any one nation’s flag,

like a toothpick through a lump of party cheese.

Might a woman set her feet first on the planet

so often connected with war?  And please,

please, no one takes golf clubs, whether niblicks

putters, drivers or irons. Let Mars stay a place

untouched by sprees of futility, no heady sticks

to launch tiny white balls into circles of space.

Leave no junk; let the plains spread clearly.

Just a few thoughts from

yours, sincerely.

P.S. Cottier


One Response to “And then there’s Mars…”

  1. pscottier said

    I thought I’d comment myself to say hello to all the Americans looking at this post recently.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

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