The Spaceship Shook It was suddenly midnight blue and a light flashed through the hitherto unreachable galaxy. Mars, Jupiter and Neptune were fun but travelling beyond the Milky Way we spun out of control on the intergalactic highway. The spaceship shook and veered to the right. Before our eyes was the most spectacular sight: a purple and green place filled with shooting stars! Our hair stood on end as we dropped between multi-coloured, popped- open comets and angry-ganged asteroids. We left our craft, clambered on a falling star and went pink-planet exploring. This was whizzing- wild alien territory! A whispering breeze took us from planet to planet as a cold, crystal blanket of singing ice sighed and parted. The planet’s floor was creviced and black. Pale purple mountains moaned as a crater began to crack open and we drifted to a satin lake. We glided out into luminous night in a boat of curious sight and entered a most peculiar city. Buildings rose and dropped and bopped around as a billion silver people danced upon the ground and waved while a vanilla river swept us away. At last we came upon a catapulting star that shrieked and shot us up, out far, till we landed back on the now invisible spaceship. In full throttle and changing gear we began to steer our way to earth. From far, far off we thought we heard the sounds of mirth, of a billion silver people laughing. But a little blue moon put out its arms to dance with our craft and we never did find out who laughed. Instead, we clapped and we wept for it had been fun but we couldn’t remember how it had all begun. And we wanted to do it again, and again, and again. © Andrew Pender-Smith
This poem has been used as a choral verse in schools, appears in an anthology of the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa, and in a collection of poems called ‘Fantastic Spacey Racy Thing and Lots and Lots of Other Poems’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. Those interested in using the poem are free to do so provided full acknowledgement of the author is made. If you enjoyed this fantasy poem, you may enjoy ‘A Strange, Sweet Lullaby’ published on Green Monkey Publications on the 12th of February 2018.
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