Recently NASA released thousands
of space travel and intergalactic sounds
They all had wonderful names
like Quindar and Delta IV
Vector Transfer, Roger Roll
Lightning On Jupiter
They were all terribly disappointing
I can make much better sounds
With this interesting collection of
gizmos that I have on my desk
Even outside, I hear a collie barking
and a little Mazda is beeping its horn
How wonderful they sound and
how sexy in a way
Of course if they were in outer space
they would sound like nothing and not sexy
Or maybe nothing would just sound like nothing
Which is what your heart sounds like
when it stops beating but as despondent
As I was at how little outer space
seemed to offer today there was one
I did like: Space Shuttle Landing.
It was beautiful and regal and powerful
It was so strong, and so much more majestic
than the Lightning of Jupiter or Fifth Quadrant Pulsars.
It was the sound of the end of something.
Something wonderful. Something new.
It reminded me of coming home after a long drive
It’s summer now, but who knows if that
will ever end but there I am
Seeing you in the driveway,
and remembering the feeling
Of outer space, of wonder, of
thinking: what could that
possible be? Where is the car
and where is the dog?
How quiet it can be, how
quiet this moment is
how wonderful it can be this moment
when your heart slightly stops beating