Space Poetry

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I think a small amount of background information might be in order to help readers understand today’s post. The novel that I’m currently working on is set in a future where many humans have pushed out into the solar system, set up colonies, and are mining asteroids.
The following are a short song and a poem written not about the story, but that exist in its world. There’s music that goes along with the song playing in my head, but I lack the skill to get it out (think folksy guitar)… and no… I won’t be singing it. If someone else wanted to give singing it a shot, I’d fully support this idea, and add the audio file here with links to your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or… whatever else you kids are using these days.


A Dishonest Ore Hauler (the song):

The surface of the asteroid
was the color of his eyes
It was sharp, hard, and cold
and shrouded in his lies.
He lied about his tonnage
to avoid the taxes he should pay
The extra ore in his cargo hold
caused the trouble on that day

It should have been alright
He could have been just fine
If he would have known a little more
About the ship that he was fly’n

To falsify his records
to his computer he did lie
Which fucked up his momentum
that’s why the trucker died
Crashed into the asteroid
became a fiery ball of death
His air tanks fanned the flames
but he couldn’t catch a breath

It should have been alright
He could have been just fine
If he would have known a little more
About the ship that he was fly’n

He was tangled in twisted metal
to the escape there was no route
But then the windshield broke
and the fire, it went out
Rescue never came
and his body is still there
A hunk of blackened meat
melted to the captain’s chair

It should have been alright
He could have been just fine
If he would have known a little more
About the ship that he was fly’n

He had known the rock was there
but early enough he did not turn
Now, my friend there is a lesson
for all of us to learn
If you’re gonna lie to government
yourself,  or to your boss
At least be true to your computer
or your life it may be lost

It should have been alright
He could have been just fine
If he would have known a little more
About the ship that he was fly’n

It should have been alright
He could have been just fine
If he would have known a little more
About the ship that he was fly’n


16 bodies(the poem):

There are 16 bodies buried in that asteroid’s core
They’ll never see the sun again after chasing precious ore.

It was in the early days: we had just pushed into space
When they landed on the metallic rock and dug into its face

They didn’t know the first thing about the object they dug on
The equipment that they brought along, turned out to all be wrong

People want adventure and to explore the system wide
But the company got greedy, and all those miners died.

The workers wanted to pack up and come back more prepared
But Ashisen mining comp’ny said they’d fire anyone who dared

They did their best to mine that rock, for company and pride
But when the walls came tumbling in, the Ashisen people lied

They told a story of risk taking and tricky problems rare
But the simple truth is this: they knew and didn’t care

The miners went to space to explore and dig for riches
But to turn a profit Ashisen would have even sold their britches

Now they traverse the system; from end to end they roam
But they’ll never see the sun again, and they’re never going home


 

The above image can now also be found on RedBubble:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/imasillypirate/works/22363066-mining-freighter

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