To journey beyond the bounds of earth, what a journey that would be.
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Can I? I feel light…light as a feather. Can this be?
Yes, lift off! Soaring straight up. I have left this earthly plain.
Heading into the bright blue ocean of air.
Flying faster and faster…upward bound I go.
I must be dreaming; this can’t be?
Wind rushing by: whistling as I soar higher, and higher.
Great billowing clouds gently envelope me.
Breaking out into deep, bright blue sky.
Becoming darker now…Yes, I can see stars!
How beautiful the heavens are, so many stars…so many stars!
The moon fixed, bright and crisp in its place.
Craters and mountains defining its face;
so desolate, so peaceful…so beautiful!
Suddenly, slowly turning back, almost afraid to do so.
Curiosity compels me as if some force has taken me by the arm.
Slowly, ever so slowly floating, I turn to an enormous beautiful sight.
So beautiful I begin to weep…my God…Earth!
Brilliant color! Massive shades of paint.
Broad strokes of blue, green, gray, white and brown swirl before me.
So brilliant it almost hurts my eyes…the clarity of it all!
Focusing now...gazing at great cloud formations as far as the eye can see.
Cascading snow-capped mountains, vast deep blue oceans painting the scene.
Peering off into the distance, great bolts of lightning dancing from cloud to cloud.
With brilliant, razor sharp flashes painting the sky.
Turning, I begin to move closer and closer to this great easel.
Compelling me to come closer…sinking.
Approaching the clouds now, closer…closer.
Soaring like a bird and laughing wildly, zipping along.
Flying around and through the billowing white tops without a thought or care.
Dropping below the clouds, flying over many vast fields.
Great open plains with a collage of flowers gently waving me on.
Passing by mountains with sprawling lakes, rivers and forests to behold.
Soon I’m back, back where I started: gently touching down.
Taking a deep breath, recalling the images of all good things that dwell here.
The warmth of the sun…the diverse beauty of it all!
A glistening oasis in the great vastness of space, an enigma of nature;
known to all mankind who dwell here…Earth!
Phillip Hunter Davis