“Second Chance” by Darrell Lindsey

“Second Chance” by Darrell Lindsey

An amber starship of dizzying origin
flung the horizon open
with its glittering power beam,
& we vowed to reclaim the golden path
torn from the eyes of our ancestors
during that winter war with aliens
(many millennia ago)
when skies were closed like vaults,
& dreams warped to dust.

We must yet learn to unclot
the veins of our own history,
time travel to the bones
of the Universe
that are still drifting
in a rattling bag
full of voices.

Darrell Lindsey is the author of Edge of the Pond (Popcorn Press, 2012), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2007) and a Rhysling Award (2014). He won the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Contest (Long Form category), as well as the 2014 Balticon Poetry Contest.