When I was 14, stars were my thing
I could point to Orion blindfold
I dreamed I would work for NASA one day
But exams got in the way, although the dream is still there
Work is OK
Time goes fast most of the time, we have a laugh.
And the jobs get done.
These days they have to!
We’d been talking about the eclipse for quite a while.
I’d known about it for a year or more
We wondered how dark it would get.
Would the birds stop singing?
I wondered if we might see some stars – Venus maybe
On the day we all piled out to have a look
It didn’t get that dark
But it was magic
And then we heard, well, we saw
A hurriedly typed memo on the notice board
We were all to lose 15 minutes pay
The magic went and so did the smiles
Time went really slow in the afternoon
I couldn’t wait to get home.
And email NASA
‘Got any jobs... any jobs at all?’
Just get me out of this one!
© Jon Harvey 1999