Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Bordeaux Bay by Guernsey-based artist Tony Taylor

Friday, 5 February 2016


Astronaut, Tim Peake's adventures in space prompted this poem. 
How on earth does one settle back into ordinary life having once experienced the extraordinary?


Round and round the earth in space
spins the eager astronaut
in a module like a pebble
far-flung from a vast slingshot.

Oceans, mountains, forests, cities,
spin beneath him like a child’s top.
He could hear the planet humming
if he ever cared to eavesdrop.

Spaceman, when your orbit’s ended,

gravity resumed again;
wings clipped, what can now fulfill you
when earthly life is so mundane?

Tim Peake's image of the Channel Islands from space. The larger lighted areas are parts of the English and French coasts

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