Space Poetry Initiative
All Ways Home
A lone pilot searching for home amid starry frescos,
And little blood waves that mimic the tide-pull.
Our insignificance! Our planet a crumb on the fabric of spacetime,
Sharing the same sky, you and I, wherever feet are anchored.
I will write your name on the moon with my fingertips,
An apparition cast from memory's design.
Universe-whisper, orange as goldfish.
All I want is the delicious scent, the dark blue muddy shoes
and ruined grass of starlight, home.
Strawberry moon in the cloudless, blue black mystic, one day it could all be rain.
Those wind-swept words; voices clutched to our warmth,
Courage plucked from conversation.
Breezebreath, feel the blush dust my cheeks, the stars like old photos.
Leave the porch light on. The children dance, their mothers sing.
Everything changes all at once, the sky, the sun.
Bound with images of mystery, like lemongrass and sleep, except for the tree.
I look up. I see stars. They live forever inside me.
Home is the wild bitterness of backyard blackberries,
A bay tree, its fragrant leaves,
A smell so familiar it has none.
Curated by Assoc. Prof. Paul Perry, with Professor Ian Davidson, Dr. Jessica Traynor, and Dr. Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi
Poets (UCD): Alison Martha Fagan, Ciara Mulherin, Lorna Donlon, Zandra Carrington, Jessica O’Brien, Sean O’Neill, Nina A. Devlin, Andrew Jeremy Nicoll, Kelly Michels, Elizabeth Paulsen, Maryanne Williams, Mary Irving, LJ Morris
Goran Roche Wynne
Micheal Joseph Mac Phaidín
with thanks to Lily Cahill, Jennie Ryan, Simon O'Connor (MoLI), the JCSP Demonstration Library Project and Dr. Katie Mishler
Librarians and teachers:
Engraving of the poem on the EIRSAT-1 Antenna Deployment Module cover
by Emer O'Boyle