Sunday, February 21, 2016


                       Apollo astronauts, we how have learned,
                       While circling the far side of the Moon,
                       Within their helmets’ speakers all discerned
                       An eerie kind of “music” with no tune:
                       Perhaps old legend’s “Music of the Spheres,”
                       A mythic melody from outer space
                       With power to captivate the hearers’ ears,
                       A harmony purveyed by god-like grace.
                       But such interpretation will not stand
                       The clear-eared scrutiny of scientists
                       By whom the supernatural is banned,
                       For science on firm evidence insists.
                           One astronaut, Ed Mitchell, came to view,
                           Instead, the whole cosmic shebang anew.