| “We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.”
—U.S. President Jimmy Carter (part of a message included with both Voyager spacecrafts)
In forty thousand years, you will encounter
a star in the Andromeda constellation.
Gray planet—you slice meager atmosphere,
wound sewn with fiery stitches in your wake.
Currency is invented; research is funded.
They meditate on your words,
Debates are held.
After untold generations,
bobbing in pale blue starlight.
Survive clicking on forked tongues.
Chris Flowers teaches composition at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. His poetry has recently appeared in Convergence and Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. He says:
After learning about the Golden Records that were developed by Carl Sagan and his colleagues for the Voyager spacecraft in the late 1970s, I became fascinated with the idea that a “message in a bottle” from humanity, had, in fact, entered interstellar space. I also found it virtually impossible not to consider the consequences of such an endeavor.