Space Fever

I must go back to the stars again, to the lonely sea in the sky,
And all I ask is a starship and a helm to steer her by;
And the coils kick and the star’s song and the solar sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the planet’s face and a bright dawn breaking.

I must go back to the stars again, for the call of hyperdrive
Is a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied.
And all I ask is a solar wind with the eddy currents flying,
And the jump made and the warp of space, and the power core whining.

I must go back to the stars again, to Vega, Epsilon, and life,
To Star’s End and the Milky Way where the light is a whetted knife;
And all I ask are new worlds to explore and discover,
And a quite sleep and sweet dreams when the long trek is over.

Copyright 1998 to present, Mark William Chase
Space Fever is adapted from Sea Fever, by John Masefield, which served as the inspiration.

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