It Isn’t The Game – It’s The Way You Play It!

Who’s On First?

A Masterpiece For The Taking
(1963)
Some of our most respected state senators 
conduct endless filibusters. 

A few have ended in deadlocked debate
 over an outer space, 
government controlled, 
space communications network.
  Russia continues to bombard us 
with undeniably 
magnificent advances
  in the current space race.
 We are content to ignore, 
as much as possible, 
the daily reports of peace talks. 

  America is lacking 
in the mastery of space.
  
In comparison to the USSR,
 we panic.
We are disbelieving, angered and bewildered, 
 faced with a  grim fact. 
The industrially backward nation of Soviet Russia 
 has beaten our free, democratic society
 in such an important area;
 space exploration.

We’ve listened, read and watched 
with mounting dismay, 
the multi-orbital flight
of two,
 now world renowned,
 Cosmonauts.
All but forgotten 
is this remarkable achievement 
Russia has accomplished.
All but forgotten, 
in favor of a race
 to be first.

This has become an obvious, 
  overlooked  habit,
 of America.   
We become so involved in the game,
 we lose sight 
of the objective.
How discouraging to feel , 
after decades of war,
 this unrest between nations.
There is now the imminent danger
 of a contest
 for the control of space.

America is on the verge of discoveries in space
 about which no one is certain. 

The possibilities 
may be unknown; 
beyond comprehension
  to the science community.
Understanding the complexities of space 
is impossible 
for the average person.
The intricacies 
of securing good personal and community relationships, 
are right at our fingertips.

We know how to achieve them.
The country would profit 
from renewing our personal, 
community
 and neighborhood
relations.

A trip to the moon is not needed
in order to renew them.

 We are a free people. 

There is a need 
to spend more time
 improving our own planet.
There is a  need to restore 
a people to people
 togetherness and care
 network.
Such restoration 
is important to our nation.
An ocean was crossed to find America.
The United States of America 
 have always searched 
to find the better place, 
 the better way. 

We are the most respected nation in the world.
We have no need for “factual” propaganda 
if such a thing exists.
* * *
There I was at the age of 28,
 worrying about Russia.
As a country, we couldn’t accept the fact, 
Russia had won race to the moon.
Where did I find such strong feelings of country,
 while facing responsibilities of raising three young boys
 and caring for a home and husband?
I became intensely involved in the state of the world,
 the politics of this country,
 and

the need for person-to-person communication.

The future seemed far away.
 The present weighed heavily.
Perhaps my interest in politics came from my Dad.
 His interest was strong.
 My intense interest at twenty-eight
 was put aside
until much later in my life.
By the time I reached sixty,
  Dad had passed from this life.
A renewed interest in politics,
 much like Dad’s,
 had once again
 intensified.
Yes, I know 
we cannot ignore the state of this present world.
 Over the years
I have not changed my mind.
It all begins with “people”.
And now, I would add 
“Faith”.
Photography ByMary Anne Tuck
2018

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