Sunday, February 03, 2019

Fourth orbit: a poem for Valentina Tereshkova #1

Fourth orbit

19 hours 25 minutes
I sang songs for him
In the centre
such a blue spot.
Here now
the Sun
so orange, not red,
not light red, but
I’m also feeling excellent.
Here now
the Sun
visible and lit up
In the outer ring
the horizon is visible.
It’s a very beautiful sight
at first it’s light blue,
then lighter,
then dark…

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This is a poem made by selecting and rearranging words from a paragraph in the transcript of Valentina Tereshkova's words during her epic orbit of the Earth in 1963.  It seemed to me that the poetry was already in there and only needed coaxing to bring out. I feel there's something a little Gertrude Stein-esque about it too.


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