The field surrounded us, an envelope of frictionless force. Its conic tip glowed orange. Beyond the reach of any telescope in the first femtosecond, we’d sizzle and singe our way out from the galaxy. An eyelash swimming on a black pond, an invisible wire of energy, we moved. The captain’s mustache was much admired, as was the radiant fire in his dark eyes. But others, underhand, felt slighted.… As if no one else might render our swift course or recognize the ampersand constellation we made for—or tender a counteroffer to the photogenic, clustered aliens (think blue pomegranate).
-- F.J. Bergmann edits poetry at Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (sfpoetry.com) and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com), and documents tragedies on exoplanets and elsewhere.