The Sunday Poem: Stewart S. Warren... Space Kindly

Not all the news is bad.  If you have been afraid to turn on your TV recently, you will appreciate this timely poem from Stewart S. Warren about the recent and final voyage of the space shuttle Discovery.  The poet adds, "I sent a copy of this poem to Dr. Michael Barratt, one of the astronauts aboard Discovery’s last mission."



Space Kindly


“And to the ship that has led the way time and time again we say, ‘Farewell, Discovery.’”

—Josh Byerly/STS-133 Descent Commentator, Kennedy Space Center, March 9, 2011


Thrusters and boosters
at any stage roar
with reason for our leaving—
this urge to know, this urge
our passion and our passage.
Darkness, then, a sea
folded upon itself, expanding,
alive when encountered,
empty until seen. 

I shuttle
nectar and astronauts
to your floating flower,
bring back
sacred dust, distance,
light in other forms.

Suns rise and suns set—
some nights shorter than others.
I am your love
going forward. I am
the edge of your darkness.
All is rendezvous in space.



--Stewart S. Warren



Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email



Today in Albuquerque:  Award winning author Marilyn Stablein will read new and selected work from her books at Acequia Booksellers (4019 4th St. NW) on Sunday, March 20 at 3pm. This reading is free and the general public is invited. 


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Comment by Barelas Babe on March 20, 2011 at 12:05pm
This reminder of the human quest for knowledge is indeed timely, Ditchrider! After a week of news about human folly, a poem about the sublime is fodder for the soul. Thank you, Stewart, for this poem.
Comment by Don McIver on March 20, 2011 at 1:28pm

Nice poem Stewart.


I especially like the musicality of, "I shuttle/nectar and astronauts/
to your floating flower"

Comment by Dee Cohen on March 20, 2011 at 2:49pm

Yes, very timely and quite calming too.

Love the nectar /floating flower line.

Also the last eerie line.  Thanks, Dee                                                                                                                                     

Comment by Margaret Randall on March 20, 2011 at 3:25pm

This is one great poem! The last lines, "I am / the edge of your darkness. / All is rendezvous in space." resonate so strongly with me. I am in Morro Bay, California right now, having driven up from Venice this morning (read at Beyond Baroque on Friday night). Heading for the Bay Area tomorrow. Couldn't wait to stop the car and tap into wifi in order to get my hit of Sunday poem!

Comment by John Roche on August 15, 2011 at 1:50pm

Enjoyed the poem, Stewart. Love I shuttle /nectar and astronauts / to your floating flower.

Looking forward to reading with you next week in Fixed and Free series.



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