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Searching For Sputnik Poem

Sometimes a single word can trigger a writing idea. Well, the word Sputnik did just that for me. This poem is based on historical fact. 


Searching the Sky For Sputnik

Sputnik
Say it quickly
Sounds like a wet sneeze
Dog slobber wet
Sputnik-

World’s first ever satellite
Launched from Russia
In the year 1957
Circling the earth
Racing through outer space
Visible in the night sky

A small boy
In striped flannelette pyjamas
Stands in his front yard
On a cool October evening
Staring up into the night sky
Eyes searching the far away spaces
For a moving light
The light of Sputnik
-And suddenly he sees it
The flashing light of the satellite
Orbiting the earth
A man made wonder
Zooming across the night sky
Above his front yard
Sputnik
Sounds like a wet sneeze

If you say it quickly 

Alan j Wright


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