by Zigmund Tauberg

I have decided in my mind
to go for a trip
to the closest star.
In fact, three stars are there!
Good for me,
I'll visit all of them.
(What a performance it will be!)

If I use a very fast airplane
(supposing it would be able
to fly through the void),
I would need a time short enough
for this situation:
about 46,000,000 years.
(What an insignificant duration!)

But, using a space shuttle,
I could save a lot of time:
I could touch Proxima Centauri
after only 1,200,000 years!
(What great economy!)

And, after all those calculated years,
perhaps I'll visit other stars.
I'll be thinking of that, my dears...

Copyright © 2003, Zigmund Tauberg

~ English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe ~

Zigmund Tauberg teaches mathematics in Romania. A popularizer of astronomy, he was named laureate for "pedagogical astropoetry" at the Cosmopoetry Festival of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM

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