DECEMBER 2006 / JANUARY 2007 – NO. 11

Our Hero Has a Small Problem

by Peter Twickler


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The planet of my enemy
stretched beyond the air-conditioned
TV room, the cave,
Into which I had slipped,
as wily as a wasp,
and daubed and wadded my secret fort
from cushions and easy-chairs.
But it collapsed as I was testing a secret exit.
so, I grabbed my laser-sword and my force-field
generator, unafraid,
and headed out past the Chevy in our docking-bay,
ready to fight my way through my neighborhood
to the throne of the Space-Tyrant.

As I came out, the stunning slough
of the full summer sun,
the weapon of my enemy,
washed me out and I blinked
suddenly here, on the blacktop of the driveway.
I rallied, ready to fight that ray-gun,
find the Tyrant and fly home safe.
But a wasp nest had fallen
from the roof of the garage
and squashed on the edge of the lawn.
round like my own head,
it boiled with throatless larvae.



Articles in this Issue

The Fate of the Universe Lies In Your Joystick, by R. Cade
Our Dark Skies, by Arthur Upgren
How Sound Travels, by Frank Smith
Ebb Tide, by Frank Womble
Fourteen men, a plaque, and a mission, on Apollo 15, by David Scott
Preempted, by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
Our Hero Has a Small Problem, by Peter Twickler
Space Politics, by Jeff Foust
The Turbulent Lens, by Alan W. Hirshfeld
The View From Above, by Karen Rudnicki