Sunday, July 4, 2010

SPOKEN SUNDAY: VILLANELLE: Recruitment And Its Perils

"A hard, hard thing, the journey into space;

No matter how luxurious the ship.

There's hardships it is best just to embrace.

Recycled air and food, and, for to chase

That down, there's water that has made the trip

Through all your shipmate's kidneys. You must face

These difficulties and much more. And brace

Your fragile self: in order to equip

Our voyage, ere we leave the rocket base,

We must examine you, verify race

And health." The poster read. Undaunted, Skip,

Adventurous and young, signed up to chase

His dreams among the stars, and by the grace

Of unknown gods, he won out, got his chip

(To pay for necessaries). How his face

Lit up; that is until he found in place

Of his small bed, a monster! In its grip

He writhed to no avail. Such was the case,

Of scrumptious Skip, of whom there's now no trace.

1 comment:

  1. What a great poem - it made me think of the new Alien: Covenant film, which is - a lot like Prometheus. Lots of munching up space travelers. Anyway, I only just read this piece. The charm of the Internet is that your poems' readers have a seven year lag behind composition.