Through Hardship to the Stars
It's easy to imagine skeins
of historical causality
there were many possible historical paths.
Our ancestors walked from East Africa
to Novaya Zemlya
and Ayers Rock and Patagonia,
they hunted elephants with stone spearpoints,
they walked the Moon a decade after entering space.
It is beyond our powers to predict the future.
Catastrophic events have a way of sneaking up on us,
of catching us unaware.
Your own life,
or your band's,
or even your species'
might be owed to a restless few-drawn,
by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand,
to undiscovered lands and new worlds.
Each victory is only a prelude to another,
and no boundaries can be set to rational hope.
Our particular causality skein
has brought us to a modest and rudimentary,
although in many respects heroic,
series of explorations.
But it is far interior
to what might have been
and what may one day be.