christmas eve 1968 
earth peered at earth
organism at organism
a lonely pale blue dot
suspended in blackness
holding our home
and war, poverty, racism,
hope, love, humans

just humanity
in this together
no dividing lines
no countries
we are fragile
but so beautiful
we are together
but so broken

a thin atmosphere
separating us from
the harshness of space
but how harsh does it
compare to the spaces
we've built on the surface
that is dying from plastic
and factory smiles
for we are the cause

what will it take for us to
have a constant orbital view

Be free in the present,

Trace Maddox

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