The Way to Mars

words: ©1999 John C. Bunnell
music: John H. Hopkins (for "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God" by Lesbia Scott, MIDI)

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I love to look at the sky at night, where the stars and the planets glow;
The small bright dots in my telescope mark a map whose shape I know--
For the road is wide, and the way is clear,
Out beyond the moon, to the high frontier;
Itís a long, long trip, but it starts right here,
And it points the way to Mars.

Now Mars is barren and dry and chill, far colder than Earth-born snow;
From home and hearth that are warm and safe, you may ask why we should go--
Yet we'll watch a film that we know will scare,
Play at childhood games of "Truth or Dare",
And we'll climb a mountain because it's there--
So we'll find a way to Mars.

We've much to do and as much to learn ere a voyage to Mars departs;
We'll need the skills of our sharpest minds, and the blessings of hopeful
hearts;
We've a ship to build, and research to do,
We must buy supplies and select a crew;
We'll need lots of help can we count on you
As we make our way to Mars?

The proverb says that a single step is the way a walk begins,
And only someone who plays a game can emerge the one who wins;
You must plant a seed for the crop to thrive,
And you have to leave, or you won't arrive;
We'll take back the moon, and stake out L-5
While we're on our way to Mars.

Now when you look at the sky at night, 'midst the stars' and the planets' glow,
Take note of the map in your telescope, and start making plans to go--
For the road is wide, and the way is clear
Out beyond the moon, to the high frontier;
It's a long, long trip, but it starts right here,
And it points the way to Mars.

    -- October 21, 1999