Prelude to Space

An Epithaliamium

  So Man, grown vigorous now,
  Holds himself ripe to breed,
  Daily devises how
  To ejaculate his seed
  And boldly fertilize
The black womb of the unconsenting skies.

  Some now alive expect
  (I am told) to see the large,
  Steel member grow erect,
  Turgid with the fierce charge
  Of our whole planet's skill,
Courage, wealth, knowledge, concentrated will,

  Straining with lust to stamp
  Our likeness on the abyss-
  Bombs, gallows, Belsen camp,
  Pox, polio, Thais' kiss
  Or Judas, Moloch's fires
And Torquemada's (sons resemble sires).

  Shall we, when the grim shape
  Roars upward, dance and sing?
  Yes: if we honour rape,
  If we take pride to Ring
  So bountifully on space
The sperm of our long woes, our large disgrace.

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Clive Staples Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. more…

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