The Galactic Traveler – Beyond the Earth

The Galactic Traveler
The Galactic Traveler

The Galactic Traveler

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.

Helium Balloon
Helium Balloon

 

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.

 

I met a girl from Venus

At a nightclub on Neptune.

I took her to a motel

On Uranus’ smallest moon.

A Girl From Venus
I met a girl from Venus

 

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.

Saturn's Rings
I love the rings of Saturn

 

I love the rings of Saturn

I vacation there in March,

But mostly I enjoy my time

In my man-cave here on Mars.

 

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.

Time warp
Time Warp

 

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.

 

I spent a year on Jupiter

Which every spaceman must.

It makes the Earth looks like a speck

Of meteoric dust.

Jupiter
a training ground for astronauts

 

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.

 

The Earth
The Third Rock From the Sun

by John Hansen © 2014

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “The Galactic Traveler – Beyond the Earth

  • October 9, 2018 at 10:26 PM
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    Such an exiting and full life! A great, delightful poem with nice rhyme and flow – I love it. Well done, John. Take care.

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  • October 9, 2018 at 10:43 PM
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    Thank you so much for reading this Phylis. Glad you found it exciting and I appreciate the generous comment.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 3:30 AM
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    I really loved this and I never knew you were such a space cowboy my friend. When you rid off into the distant horizon you really ride off into the distant horizon…hahaha. I have been called a Martian a time or two and yes it got my blood to boil as well. My hat is off to you on this one John.

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    • October 10, 2018 at 3:56 AM
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      Yes, Kurt, I am a space cowboy that’s for sure 🙂 I ride off into a distant sunset…it could be a different sun. I have always loved space tales, movies, adventures and I think that shows here…haha. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 3:42 AM
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    WOW, John, not only did you provide spectacular photos with this wonderful galactic travel of yours, your prose was so visual, real and alive. Captain Kirk of The Enterprise would be proud of you as well as the Jetsons:-)) To think John, long after you and I have become star dust, our ancestors may just be doing all of this. But we just may surprise them and meet up with them as renewed star children ourselves. Beautifully penned my friend, you are certainly an exciting poet/writer. Bravo

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  • October 10, 2018 at 4:00 AM
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    Hi Vincent. Thanks for the generous comment. Yes, you are right, it may not be many years from now that our offspring may, in fact, be doing just what I describe here. We may just travel through that time warp and meet up with them too…haha. Thanks again for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed this adventure.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 10:45 PM
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    Great fun John, and no doubts one day life may well be like that. Nicely penned and very much enjoyed my friend.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 10:59 PM
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    It’s possible, Tony. Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed.

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