A Traveller's Guide to the Galaxy: A Poem About Space Travel
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A Traveller's Guide to the Galaxy (or Space Shanty Part Two)
by John Hansen (c) 2014
Roaming through the Milky Way
In a spaceship built from scrap,
And nasty black hole traps.
Playing golf on Venus
Is a sport second to none.
Low gravity makes every ball
A potential hole in one.
At a rock concert on Saturn
Bill Haley performed live.
Here people who have passed on Earth,
Through timewarps, still survive.
The concert was electric,
'The Comets' really rock,
But I needed to leave early
To be on Mars by 10 o'clock.
I had to fix my rocket,
It needed crash repairs.
An unexpected meteor shower
Had caused it cracks and tears.
Then back to the mines on Mercury,
I have to earn my keep.
The work is hot and physical
But rocket fuel's not cheap.
I spent a year on Jupiter
Which every spaceman must.
It makes the Earth looks like a speck
Of meteoric dust.
It's a vibrant windswept planet
Adorned with coloured sands,
And a training ground for astronauts
From all galaxies and lands.
My girlfriend is from Neptune
And she lives with me on Mars.
She runs 'Constellations' salon
For celebrities and stars.
Freddy Mercury's a client
And Venus Williams too.
Bruno Mars is a regular,
And Keith Moon's paid his due.
I love the Earth where I was born,
The Third Rock from the Sun,
But travelling the Galaxy
Is where I get my fun.
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