Up To Earth

Poem broadcast on 16 October 2010 on The World Today on BBC World Service.

A man in a mine
or a man on the moon,
it's all just a matter
of vertical lines
if you're that way inclined.
Then on day sixty nine,
it's the leap for mankind.

Now they've come up to earth
in their modules and capsules.
It's not rocket science,
or maybe it is,
but now Los Thirty Three
are all down on their knees
and they're slapping high fives
and we've brought you some rocks,
many thanks for the socks,
we're alive, we can jive,
as we've had our reprieve,
and it's Viva to Chile
and Gracias God.

Now we've come down to earth
and it's, how is the dog?

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