Once, our ambition stretched across the stars,
Great mammoths trundled, carrying frozen
Shipments of our kind to distant stars,
A thousand years from home,
That would be dead and gone,
By the time they arrived,
Defrosted on the surface of strange worlds,
Similar, enough, to our own.
We burnt our bridges,
The planet we left behind was scorching,
We thought to leave our ruin behind,
But we carried it with us,
In our frozen coffins,
Brought disaster, human,
To new worlds,
Became again that which had ruined us,
Left us bereft of home,
Leaving only shells behind us
In the dust of space,
Rivers of stellar dust filled with the debris
Of doomed flight.
Single frozen capsules
Faces of passengers frozen
In eternal slumber
Never to make those first,
Trembling, chill-stiffened steps
Onto our new Edens.
A few of us were picked up,
By the craft that came
To pick at the remains,
Wrenched from our time,
Into the arms of our unusual saviours,
Aliens now, ourselves,
Catapulted into a life
So unlike our own.
Picking scraps from our,
now ancestral, passing,
In hopes that we might
Fish a single, freezer-burnt
From the ashes,
Trail of refuse,
Our kind left behind us.
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