In their Father’s name the
explorer priests broke fast
orbiting a long dead stellar mass.
The researchers found a hidden cache
on a world now turned to ash.
Inside were artifacts, artwork and knowledge
from alien minds, but minds all the same.
They had beauty, they had love. They tried to save
some of themselves for those who might come.
The men gathered round – the truth of what
this supernova meant, found:
“This star exploded approximately 2000 years ago.
In the skies of our world it bore witness to a manger’s door
inside, a momentous birth
heralding to all, peace on Earth
but why, oh God, why them?”
“Why this world for the fire burning above
*Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story, The Star.