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Thoughts of a Starfleet Officer

Thoughts of a Starfleet Officer

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 9th grade, a Star Trek poem.


Thoughts of a Starfleet Officer


November 3, 1983

So far from home -
So many worlds -
So long 'til I return -
I live a life
Of space and stars -
Of worlds so much like Earth.

The ground is steel -
The sky is too -
The air is never pure -
For five long years
I'll live like this -
To serve all sapient kinds.

My life is filled
With power and might
Which I may never have -
My world is small -
It is a ship -
With Earth light years away.

Computers for my only friends -
Circuits with which to play -
A world of wires is my world -
A world to baffle sense -
In this world of power lines-
I must simply stay.

To go to worlds across the sky -
No passport do I need -
My tricorder alone I take -
And to aliens pay heed -
For I am too an alien -
When Earth's light years away.

Dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, who made it all possible.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 14. I was, and am, an inveterate Trekkie. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 7, 2017
Last Updated on November 7, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, Star Trek, science fiction, space, Star Fleet

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..