Stars In Our Eyes
Words: © 2003 by John C. Bunnell
Reproduced with permission
Music: "A Boy And His Frog" by Tom Smith
Columbias down, so they tell us;
Theres video on the TV;
The contrail stretched across Texas,
And theyre out searching now for debris;
It hurts just to watch, and its tragic;
Ill mourn for the seven weve lost;
But Im asking myself, as I take in all in,
If all of its still worth the cost....
Weve left our footprints across the moons
Where else do we need to go?
Surely our robots can test out the notions
Scientists think we should know.
Theres enough to demand our attention
Here on Earth, without dreaming of Mars;
If in safety wed tread, best to gaze straight ahead
Lest we stumble, our eyes on the stars.
Its been thirty-odd years since we conquered
And from atmospheres chains we broke free;
Magicians, though, dont do tricks over,
And given the risks, why should we?
This isnt the first time weve faltered;
The price of a slip is so high;
And its not just the heroes who pay it--
For we all share the pain when they die.
No one can blame me for crying;
For wanting the sorrow to end;
But its not so easy to silence
A dream as Id like to pretend....
Stargazers wont stop crusading,
Urging us into the night;
And the truth is, if Im honest,
That the dreamers, for once, have it right....
Theres so much out there that still needs
So many wonders to see;
Out past the moon who knows what might be soaring;
Who wants to go look? Maybe me....
Sometimes we just need to remember:
Not to play is to forfeit the prize;
Though the rockets flame stings, it will temper our wings
As we fly
Above the sky,
With stars in our eyes.