After reading Makoto Yukimura's first three volumes of Planetes, a manga about an astronaut in the future trying to go from being a space debris collector to the pilot on the mission to Jupiter, I was left teeming with inspiration for a number of space-themed poems. The first one that presented a workable rhythm was this one about space-feinting, which, truth be told, doesn't happen in the books. Something similar happens, and it made me wonder, what would that look like if someone feinted from amazement in zero gs.
No one would notice you clicked off.
So, the feinting space captain's mind presents him with a dream about his own 50s dad, a living-dead man, who maybe spent his entire life in a different kind of spacefeint.
Our parents provide for us (if we're lucky), but we don't always notice what they go through to do it. The child gels everything together, trying their best to single things out and to examine them closely, but the process requires an entire childhood (and sometimes an adolescence) to master, if at all. And even at adulthood, our intrepid space explorer is only able to imagine his father's experience abstractly, as presented by a dream, only to be forgotten again.
Against that, I've compared the earth to a mother (how original!) to show the very conscious way the space captain is abandoning his origins. So, we can presume he knows exactly what happened to his mother, and why he was raised by his single father. So now he's doing the leaving, and the abandonment is in his control. Except, when he looks back and sees the earth for its undeniable grandeur and beauty, he can't handle it, he can't bear the thought of dishing back to his origins what his origins dished to him, so his brain makes a feeble attempt to rationalize his motivations.
As for the imagery, I chose to bring up octopuses because I recently learned that they're one of the only species that doesn't evolve the way the rest of the animal kingdom does. I can't explain it as well as Simone could, were she here, but it's pretty crazy. They're basically aliens on earth.
Also, some octopuses have glowy blue rings on their suckers, like the earth.
The albedo is technically the ratio of the reflective property of the earth's surface. So, the amount of light that the earth absorbs, and the amount that it bounces back into space. The ratio is 0.39, according to Vangelis, though I've read differently elsewhere. Anyway, the albedo is not the name for the blue ring that hovers around the earth, but I couldn't find a name for that. If anybody knows what it is, let me know.
Earthshine is the opposite of moonshine, and it's actually a lot more powerful that moonshine, apparently. If you look at a crescent moon when it's on the horizon, you should see a ghostly image appearing on the black of the moon, that'll look like earth, in some way. I've never noticed it, so happy hunting.
Oh, and astronauts may very well have a rear-view, I was just putting that in for thematic effect.
The rest of the terminology should be easy enough to understand. I guess I'll end by drawing attention to the sexual imagery used throughout. I like sexual imagery in general, but I was using it to draw back to the idea of origins.