A Traveller's Guide to the Galaxy: A Poem About Space Travel

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Bill Haley & His Comets was an American rock and roll band founded in 1952 that continued until Haley's death in 1981. The band was also known by the names Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley's Comets and was the earliest group of white musicians to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. From 1954 to late 1956, the group had nine singles in the Top 20, one of those a number one and three more in the Top Ten.

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,

Negotiating asteroids

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.


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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.

© 2014 John Hansen

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annart 24 months ago from SW England

This is great, John! Such fun! You've been so creative with this one and it's full of humour. Love the inclusion of the pop stars with cosmic names.

Bill Haley's one of my favourites and his music still has value now, one of the ones my children like so I don't feel such a fuddy-duddy!

Thanks for a great read and a smile this Thursday morning (just!).

Ann


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Ann, glad you found it fun read. You and your kids have good taste in Bill Haley. Thursday is amost over here, but you have a great one. Cheers.


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Ericdierker 24 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful. I can really get lost in such fine work. I am tired from flying around so much :-) It is a brand new day on this side of the rock. Good luck at your mining job.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric, a bit of escapism never hurts any of us. Glad you enjoyed this space adventure. Have a great day on your side of the rock.


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billybuc 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

I've said it before, John, but I'm happy to say it again: you are one of the most creative writers on HP, and it is a pleasure to follow you. Great fun here, my friend.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks again Bill. Feel free to keep saying that :)

Glad you had fun with this poem. Have a great day.


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bravewarrior 24 months ago from Central Florida

This is so clever, John. Bringing in rock stars with celestial last names is brilliant. I loved this trip around the galaxy. Very cool!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Sha, I enjoy this type of writing. Glad you enjoyed reading it as well.


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RachaelOhalloran 24 months ago from United States

I love the way you weaved the "greats" into your excellent poem. Bravo!


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always exploring 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

John you are such a great poet! I loved this and so cleverly rhymed. I shared on twitter, maybe Venus will read it?


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CrisSp 24 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very creative! I'm sure you had fun writing this 'cause I certainly did enjoy it.

Can I have it link in one of my old hubs, "Outer Space: Another Day of Flying High"?


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Cris, glad you had fun reading this. I would be privileged if you would link this to your hub "Outer Space: Another Day of Flying High". If you like this you may like to read the first "Space Shanty" as well. I will have to go over and read your hub and maybe add a link as well.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are too kind Ruby. Glad you enjoyed this too, and thank you for sharing.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Rachael. It took awhile to come up with famous people with "universe/space related names, but I ended up with a few extra that I couldn't fit in.


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Vellur 24 months ago from Dubai

Came back to read again, amazing poem!


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Phyllis Doyle 24 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Sounds like you have lots of fun living in the Galaxy, Jodah. Great poem, I love it!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Vellur, I appreciate it.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh I do Phyllis


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Phyllis Doyle 24 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ha ha ! Watch out for that strange meteor shower this weekend.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I will try to avoid that Phyllis, thanks


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Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

Thank you for taking us along of your thrilling trip through the Galaxy, John! What a delight, so clever and fun. I love the part about the girlfriend being from Neptune and her salon.

I am so glad you have made this into a series ... very entertaining!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, glad you enjoyed this fun journey. Thanks for the kind comment.


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misterhollywood 24 months ago from Hollywood, CA

Love this! Very detailed and fun to read. You are an astronomy lover for sure!


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Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

a wonderful voyage where no Jodah has been before..LOL.. this was fun


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha, thanks Frank. Was that Yoda or Jodah? May the force be with you.


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sweetpikez 24 months ago

Dear Jodah,

I find this poem beautiful and interesting. I love your story about the components of the galaxy.

This could be used as lesson starter or enrichment activity for topics related to Solar System.

Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

Have a safe journey,

Sweetpikez :-)


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for your kind words Sweetpikez. I was always interested in Astronomy at school and something like this may help make it interesting for children today. This is the second hub in a series. A Space Shantyis the first one. Thanks for the vote up. I shall travel safely.


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ChitrangadaSharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wow! What imagination and creativity. You made everyone travel to the Galaxy with your wonderful poem. I loved the lines, "I spent a year on Jupiter-----, My girl friend is from Neptune-----".

Truly a very creative work! Thanks and voted up!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for that wonderful comment Chitrangada glad you enjoyed this trip through the galaxy. Thanks for the vote up too.


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tillsontitan 24 months ago from New York

They're all right you know (the comments)....you are so talented and this was so much fun! Imaginative and planet hopping with the stars, what more could we ask for?

It may not be an official niche, but it sure is a fun trip!

Voted up, funny, awesome, and interesting.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Mary so glad you enjoyed this space adventure. thanks for that kind comment and vote up


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Mary so glad you enjoyed this space adventure. thanks for that kind comment and vote up


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travmaj 24 months ago from australia

G'day John, what a wonderful imagination and such a fun. I love the addition of Bill Haley and Freddie Mercury etc. I'd so like to visit in my own rocket...Cheers Maj


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ok Maj, fire up that rocket of yours and come visit the stars. The more the merrier.


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Nell Rose 24 months ago from England

Oh that was great Jodah! lol! I love these sort of poems, and love Space stuff too, so put them together and wow! lol!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Nell, glad I could appeal to your likes with this one. I love writing these type of poems.


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Iris Draak 24 months ago from Boise, Idaho

This was a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was smart but light. Thank you for the trip.


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure Iris, thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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MsDora 24 months ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, I loved traveling with you through space. Your rhymes are a fun, and they accommodate the facts so well. Another great job!


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Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh, good! I was waiting for this…I love the Space Shanty series. I was pleased to see that Bill Haley actually survived -- through time warps no less. Playing golf on Venus, and the “hole in one” is so clever. Imaginative, informative and so entertaining!


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to have you with me on my travels through space MsDora. Glad you enjoy the experience


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for coming along for the ride. These poems are such fun to write. I hope I can keep coming up with new information and ideas to keep them going for awhile. I appreciate your kind comment.


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jhamann 24 months ago from Reno NV

Awesome second installment! I will be waiting for the continuing journey through time and space. Jamie


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Jodah 24 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jamie, glad you are enjoying this series.


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Mel Carriere 23 months ago from San Diego California

We should actually be galactic travelers by now. I hate to get political on your charming poem, but imagine where the human race would be if instead of spending a trillion dollars on bombs we could have taken that money and used it for space exploration. Wonderful poem, and in case I can't push through a new hub in the next 8 days, Merry Christmas!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Mel, you are right.. I thought with the speed that technology is progressing we would have been space commuting by now (boy that would certainly make your job interesting..delivering mail between planets.) Some may see expending millions on space travel as a waste of money but in my opinion it would be a much better investment than war. You have yourself a very Merry Christmas also.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 23 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful sense of humor and a rockin' great story. Love that song but it also made me think of Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree. Passing this on.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed my galactic adventure Gypsy, thanks for your kind comment and for sharing. Yes those two songs are quite similar.


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teaches12345 23 months ago

I so enjoyed reading this poem. You know how to keep a reader engaged. Well written and formed.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Dianna, I'm pleased that this kept you engaged and that you enjoyed the journey. I hope to write more of these.


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firstday 23 months ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is fun! I shared with my friends and followers on TSU…:)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi firstday, glad you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing on TSU. I am a member there as well, feel free to add me to your friends there..Jodah.


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LadyFiddler 23 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Good day to you Jodah!

Funny and different for a change, thanks for taking us on that galaxy ride. Isn't it crazy that i own a Samsung Galaxy and I haven't seen a star close up , I haven't been to any of the places you just took me to, lol.

Here's my little secret "I'd rather stay on earth" lol i fear those planets :)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for coming on this journey through space LadyFiddler. It is much safer to do it through verse than doing it for real....I'm not keen on doing that either. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day.


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firstday 23 months ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Jodah,

Thanks for the trip around the galaxy. I posted this on TSU since I could not find you to share...hope you are doing well... keep up the fun writing..


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you firstday, much appreciated. You jut reminded me to get on tsu.. I haven't been there in awhile.


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LadyFiddler 23 months ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL u r welcome Jodah :)


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Glenn Stok 22 months ago from Long Island, NY

I actually found this from your post in Tsū. Enjoyed the ride, especially the part about his girlfriend from Neptune who lives with him on Mars.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Glenn, I need to visit Tsu more often. yes, she is some girlfriend.

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