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A Space Shanty ~ a Galactic Adventure

Updated on June 15, 2021
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Obsession With Space

Ever since childhood, I have had a fascination and almost obsession with space space-travel and the planets. This has wained a little over the years, but the kid in me still dreams of being able to travel through the universe at twice the speed of light,

Songs like Beach House On The Moon by Jimmy Buffet and Drops of Jupiter by Train have helped fuel these fantasies and to inspire this poem. I had fun writing A Space Shanty and hope you enjoy reading it.

A Space Shanty

I race across the Universe

Ten times the speed of light.

To work the mines of Mercury

But return to Earth each night.


The mines produce plutonium

Which powers most planets' light,

A radioactive mineral

But safe if treated right.


On Earth my form of transport

Is a helium balloon,

But my spacecraft's what I like the best

With its supersonic boom.


I was at a bar on Jupiter

Drinking space ale with a mate,

But two four-armed Saturnians

Decided on our fate.


They called my friend a Martian

But he comes from Mercury

The ensuing fight was brutal

And quite a sight to see.


Three nights in jail on Jupiter

Is not my choice of fun

In a cell with 15 aliens

And nowhere can you run.

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I met a girl from Venus

At a nightclub on Neptune.

I took her to a motel

On Uranus' smallest moon.


She was a willing lover,

As Venusians always are,

And wanted me to fly her past

The Sun, our closest star.


I told her it was much too hot

Even Mercury's a test,

Besides I never had the fuel.

We'd make the Earth at best.


They say Pluto's not a planet now

But my parents think it's nice.

They live there in an igloo

'Cause the landscape's mostly ice.


I couldn't wait to get away,

I prefer a warmer place.

I split my time 'tween Earth and Mars

Or rocketing through space.


I love the rings of Saturn

I vacation there in March,

But mostly I enjoy my time

In my man-cave here on Mars.

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© 2014 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Tim, Thank you for reading 'A Space shanty'. I must say I really enjoyed writing this and it's sequel. They were actually inspired by a couple of songs I love hence the lyrical beat. I really appreciate your comment.

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      Tim Truzy 

      3 years ago from U.S.A.

      I stumbled on to this, John, while reading your profile. Superb use of rhyme and colorful pictures. I couldn't help but smile, thinking about such shows as "Red Dwarf" and "Dr. Who" as I read your work. It's very, very, creative. Thank you for sharing.

      On to the sequel!

      Much respect,

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hey anemixflarie, thanks for checking this hub out. It's one of my personal favourites of the poems I have written, along with the sequel "A Traveller's Guide to the Galaxy". I appreciate your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Anemix 

      5 years ago

      my kind of hub! loved the pictures and how the poem flows! I love the universe too! :)

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Tsadjatko. I seem to have some sort of affinity to astronomical subjects. They seem to lend themselves well to rollicking songs/poetry. bring back Frik and Frak. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      The Logician 

      6 years ago from now on

      Now that is my kind a hub page! Lots of cool pictures. Very entertaining Jodah! I'm always interested in what inspired a writing and can see how the song at the end inspired your poetic creativity. The poetry just flows and I think should be put to music, it already, with the pics, is like a music video. Too bad I lost Frik and Frak, they could have helped you make a Space Shanty video bein from Mars.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks firstday, glad you enjoyed this poem. I really enjoyed writing this and it is one of my favourite hubs. I appreciate you sharing it on tsu. I am a member there also.

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      Rebecca Be 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      fun, fun, and more fun…thanks for this…I enjoyed the fun writing and the fun visuals…great work…voted thumbs up and shared on TSU …others are sharing… give us more of this…thanks!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for the visit Richard. I am glad I surprised you and deviated a little from the usual ribald limerick lines. I have written quite a few limericks and some not so classy either.. :) I had fun writing this little ditty and glad you enjoyed the ride as well. I appreciate the vote up too. Have a great day.

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      Richard J ONeill 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Well, well, well,

      I'm pleased I came along for the ride. When you started that verse off with , "I met a girl from Venus," my mind was firing all kinds of limerick lines to follow, some of them much less classy than the well thought out words you used here! Then again, I am English, so that's understandable -- I think!

      What a fantastic limerick though. You caught the verse and the rhyme perfectly and I really enjoyed the smooth ride to the end.

      Awesome and about to voted up!

      Good day to you Sir.

      Richard

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi RQ, yes I am quite a sci-fi buff so I guess I borrowed a bit from everywhere for this spoof. Glad you liked the images too.

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      Romeos Quill 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A good, light-hearted one for the sci-fi buffs Jodah - was watching ' Insurrection ' the other night and this rhyme of yours felt like a pot-pourri of Star Wars and Star Trek; some of the images were pretty cool as well.

      R.Q.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Sounds like great fun to me Faith....imagine a movie, t v series an novel. Do you know any producers by any chance? Thanks for the vote up, tweet and pin.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ... I love this one so much! Such a creative and fun poem. I loved watching Star Trek growing up. This would make a great novel and then television series, but first a movie ... how fun would that be ... too much!

      Up +++ tweeting and pinning

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hey PaigSr, thanks. I agree. I feel attractive images are what can draw people in and differentiate one hub from another. If there are two of similar writing and information quality but one has humdrum or no pictures and the other is full of stunning images I know which one I prefer. I try to always match the images with my text and find the most atractive pics I can. Thanks for the follow.

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      PaigSr 

      6 years ago from State of Confusion

      One thing about me its sometimes the pictures that are more important then the words. In this case the pictures jumped out and pulled me in. In fact to the point of following you and your hub pages.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Kristian, thanks for visiting my hub. I appreciate the kind comment and vote up. I got the idea from a few songs I like..including the video "Beach House on the Moon"on this hub by Jimmy Buffet..I enjoy this sort of space fantasy and it was just a matter of thinking up ideas for adventures on each of the planets. Thanks for the vote up and follow too.

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      KristianKikaso 

      6 years ago

      Three nights in jail on Jupiter

      Is not my choice of fun

      In a cell with 15 aliens

      And nowhere can you run.

      Very creative, funny and beautiful. Where did you find a such a great idea for a poem? Voted up :))

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Flourish.from the comments it seems a lot of people may not have received notification.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 years ago from USA

      Very creative and entertaining. I don't know how I missed this one.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Eric. Yes I had fun writing this space adventure.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      6 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Fun filled adventure for space cowboys and cowgirls.

      EWF

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you MsDora, glad I was able to entertain you with this space adventure.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      I laughed my way through this one. Totally enjoyable and super-creative.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Dianna. It's always fascinated me too. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This was fascinating and a joy to read. I love space travel, even if it's only in the imagination.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks again Genna.

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I would give the series some thought, John. It is so imaginative, and different but different in a great way…as Phyllis said, a fun and delightful tour of the universe. I’m a fan.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for reading this Vellur, glad you enjoyed the ride.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Glad you enjoyed the trip through space with me Phyllis. Thanks for reading.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Hey whonu thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed this poetic adventure.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Cool poem, enjoyed reading!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love it, Jodah. I feel as if I went on a tour of the Universe with you. How delightful and fun! Up and H+

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      whonunuwho 

      6 years ago from United States

      Hey...great lyrics and a wild imagination, to boot. Sounds like a gifted poet to me. whonu

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks Audrey, glad there are a few of us out there.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks for the great comment Genna. This is the type of writing that I really enjoy, glad you do too. Maybe a series is a good idea.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Love this side of your writing John--I am a sci-fi nerd!

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow…this is so creative, exciting, and imaginative. Move over Star Trek! I loved this…everything from the traveling ten times the speed of light, to the motel on Uranus’ smallest moon and the man cave on Mars. Such great fun and adventure among the planets and stars in ways that also inform. Have you thought about writing a series of these? I think they would be very cool. Voted up and shared.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks Jamie, I appreciate a comment from another sci-fi fan. It appears there aren't too many of us out there :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Being a Science Fiction nut myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this poem. Everything a Sci Fi nerd needs. Jamie

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