Throughout the universe there surely are
Other planets flourishing with life,
Each one circling a vibrant star
Creating organisms made for strife,
And then contending for a vital niche
In the arena of its biosphere,
Some languishing and others growing rich—
Though in due time all doomed to disappear.
So it will be, in time, on planet Earth
Though not, I hope, until we humans have
Expressed the double sapience of our worth
For which we’re named and learned to nav-
igate the treacherous ocean that we sail
Making our cosmic consciousness prevail.