Gordon (baron_waste) wrote in spacexploration,


They slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and touched the face of God…

                He wasn't quite sure what went wrong,
                Just that the engine blew
                And flung him hard against the wall
                And him the only crew.

                He felt like he'd been broke in half
                He passed out twice from pain
                And when he heard the voices
                He was sure he'd gone insane.

                Just two of them at first it was
                And then a dozen more.
                He blinked to see two women kneel
                Beside him on the floor.

                He thought they might be angels
                But they weren't like angels much;
                No wings, no robes, just plain grey spacer
                Coveralls and such.

                "You're not dead yet, my friend
                And it's not quite your time to go,"
                The first one said "Now look,
                Your rescue beacon's down below

                "Ed says that there's another ship,
                Not far away at all.
                You still have two good arms, my friend
                So grit your teeth and crawl."

                They winked out then, the pain clamped down
                He thought he'd move no more.
                Another one appeared
                And sat beside him on the floor.

                "Come on, tovarisch," this one urged
                "You'll make it, I don't doubt.
                Show me some of these Yankee guts
                I've heard so much about."

                It seemed to take eternity
                To crawl from here to there
                The pain at least a hundred times
                Was more than he could bear

                But every time he'd start to quit,
                Lie down, give up and die
                Another would appear beside him
                Urging him to try.

                He reached the beacon in a daze
                Of fever, mist and pain.
                He hit the activator
                And he saw them once again:

                "Remember, friend," the woman said
                "When death is closing fast,
                It's then you try your hardest,
                For the darkness will not last."

                He passed out then, the rescue came
                They brought him safely home,
                And he forgot it all
                Until he got to Luna Dome.

                And passed beneath the hologram
                That stands above the door
                And recognized those faces there
                He'd seen them all before:

                Gus and Ed and Roger
                Made him hold to hope and try.
                The Russians, Ronald, Christa too,
                They wouldn't let him die.

                He knew whose words had saved him
                And he knew that in the end
                He'd go to join their company
                And greet them as a friend.

Leslie Fish & Vic Tyler, “Guardians”

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