They say that soon men will be going to Mars
and I can’t even see the stars from where I sit.

The moon we’ve landed on but I can’t see it well
from where I dwell. 

But what the hell, who am I to complain? —
a man who can’t grasp how folks can figure out
the speed of light.

 I’m dazzled by the little I know of earth
and of how much has happened since my birth.

I’m not a twenty-first century man —
even the stuff of the twentith I scarcely  understand.

Yet even in the midst of my great ignorance 
I’ve had a chance to be. Life amazes me 
and at the same time baffles me.

And what an opportunity I’ve had to wonder!

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