Off To Outer Space Tomorrow Morning




Off To Outer Space Tomorrow Morning :


You can start the Count Down, you can take a last look;
You can pass me my helmet from its plastic hook;
You can cross out my name in the telephone book –
For I’m off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


There won’t be any calendar, there won’t be any clock;
Daylight will be on the switch and winter under lock.
I’ll doze when I’m sleepy and wake without a knock –
For I’m off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


I’ll be writing no letters; I’ll be posting no mail.
For with nobody to visit me and not a friend in hail,
In solit’ry confinement as complete as any gaol
I’ll be off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


When my capsule door is sealed and my space-flight has begun,
With the teacups circling round me like the planets round the sun,
I’ll be centre of my gravity, a universe of one,
Setting off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


You can watch on television and follow from afar,
Tracking through your telescope my upward shooting star,
But you needn’t think I’ll give a damn for you or what you are
When I’m off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


And when the rockets thrust me on my trans-galactic hop,
With twenty hundred light-years before the first stop,
Then you and every soul on earth can go and blow your top –
For I’m off to Outer Space tomorrow morning.


Norman Nicholson


The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.


Here is a list of English Poems written by various authors. Whatever the question is, poetry may be the answer. Writers say poetry provides them with comfort, a way to express themselves and the discipline of finding the essence with few words. Writing the poem (and finding just the right word) is the measure of success that the authors use. Really good poetry is instinctive. It’s who you are. It’s from the heart. You need to expose yourself to all kinds of poets and you may find your motivation and muse that way. Poetry gets to the core meaning. Poetry expands ideas.


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