Up, up and away?

Reflecting on William Shatner boldly going where no 90 year old has gone before.

(Editor’s note:  Now that “Star Trek’s” William Shatner has boldly gone where no one – or at least no 90 year old – has gone before, aboard one of Jeff Bezos’ rockets, we thought you’d enjoy this work by Frank Pagani, who when he’s not doing public relations, writes poetry)

OCTOBER 13, 2021

By Frank Pagani

Today, I am thinking of Hemingway’s short story—

“Big Two-Hearted River Part II”—

about Nick, the young man who goes

trout fishing one unforgettably brilliant morning,

alone, but totally with nature.

“The river was clear and smoothly fast in the early morning.

He was excited by the early morning and the river.”

I’m also thinking about Bill Shatner

and how bereft of Mother Nature

his thrill ride was today as it surely

was for Jeff Bezos before him.

In the span of just a few minutes,

did he glimpse the massive Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara

or any other wildfires for that matter

and imagine them to be the stuff that dreams

are made of on the Starship Enterprise?

I’m thinking about

what comes next for Mother Earth after these

hollow, short-lived flights.

I wonder if the meadows and river like those

Nick languorously enjoyed one unforgettably brilliant morning

will still be teeming with grasshoppers

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