From Alpha Centauri with LoveI'd like to write you a messageFrom Alpha Centauri with Love11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
in hundred-foot high flaming letters.
It would tell you
you no longer needed glasses.
A passing spacecraft might mistake
my words for a signal
that the earth was running out of air
and, though we are very sorry,
there is no safe place for them to land.
If the words were bright enough
they may carry to the edges of the nearest
star, and there split in two.
Observers on Alpha Centauri
interpret it as a dialogue
on the subtle machinations of string theory.
In translation it becomes a bestseller
on Dagobah 7, and is summarily
taken out of print.
When atmospheric lensing distorts my message
you may scrye the meaning
from the warmth of the words
as each letter spreads itself beyond its boundaries
and becomes a wall.
As Chinese textbooks tell us
no walls can be seen from space.
So, maybe no one knows the words
I write you-maybe no one is looking.
If they were, they would see a rope
twisting up through clouds-as thin
but strong enough to climb.