April PAD (Poem-a-Day) Challenge: Day 28 “Proxima Centauri”

Today’s prompt is “write a problem poem. The poem could be about a problem the narrator is suffering through, or someone else’s problem. Or a math problem.”

I feel like having some fun with this prompt. My wife and I have been watching a lot of Star Trek lately (we’re beginning Season 4 of Voyager presently), which has me thinking about interstellar travel and the problem of e=mc^2. Star Trek, of course, solves this problem with warp drive, which creates a bubble that warps space time. Other science fiction concepts defeat the light speed barrier in other ways.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about my older daughter’s approaching 4th birthday. Our closest star (other than Sol) is 4.24 light years away, so today I’ll start a draft of a scientific birthday poem. It may not be my most literary work, but here is what I have so far.

“Proxima Centauri”

You turn 4 today, and soon
the light from Proxima Centauri
that shined that June day
you arrived will itself arrive.
I don’t know if your generation
will travel there, via rocket or
warp drive, but you should
always reach higher, always
look beyond, always break limits.

10 National Poetry Month Activities
April PAD Challenge: Day 1 “Scenes Shot in Super 8″
April PAD Challenge: Day 2 “Adobe Café”
April PAD Challenge: Day 3 “Confession Booth”
April PAD Challenge: Day 4 “100% Juice”
April PAD Challenge: Day 5 “Uncle Harry”
April PAD Challenge: Day 6 “Hide ‘n’ Seek”
April PAD Challenge: Day 7 “Political Discourse”
April PAD Challenge: Day 8 “Heart 2.0″
April PAD Challenge: Day 9 “Yoga Class”
April PAD Challenge: Day 10 “Holly Bushes”
April PAD Challenge: Day 11 “Spring”
April PAD Challenge: Day 12 “Something Wrong”
April PAD Challenge: Day 13 “Tough Luck”
April PAD Challenge: Day 14 “Sundays in Oklahoma”
April PAD Challenge: Day 15 “Persona”
April PAD Challenge: Day 16 “There’s Been a Mistake”
April PAD Challenge: Day 17 “To Boldly Go”
April PAD Challenge: Day 18 “Watermelon”
April PAD Challenge: Day 19 “Her Bra”
April PAD Challenge: Day 20 “Let’s Remain”
April PAD Challenge: Day 21 “Vast Universe”
April PAD Challenge: Day 22 “Judge Not”
April PAD Challenge: Day 23 “A Valediction Forbidding Morning”
April PAD Challenge: Day 24 “Memory”
April PAD Challenge: Day 25 “Tennis”
April PAD Challenge: Day 26 [wolf haiku]
April PAD Challenge: Day 27 “The Trouble is Within”