Marking the 50th anniversary of Jodrell Bank, a poem was
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bounced off the moon, and in preparation for this (latter half of 2007, I think) invitations were printed in The Times to all-comers to write a poem for this purpose. It was stipulated that the poem should address Time & Place, the themes of the First Move Literature Festival.
‘The lunatic, the lover, the poet are all equally moon-struck’;
This lesser light that rules the night
though weaker, may exert its might
within the hearts of Men.
And from its place, the edge of space,
they feel its gentle regimen.
Science may probe the distant stars,
or map the face of planet Mars:
hid - Man’s infinity;
his drive towards nobility;
his yearning for eternity.
In spite Man’s creativity
and boundless ingenuity
through these not all is known.
During this last half century
Man’s inner space remains unknown.
Both time and place are limited,
for ‘soul’ to be exhibited
and understanding born.
Eternity lies at Man’s core,
reserved yet for his Creator.
The God who rules all things Celestial
Seeks our relationship Terrestrial.