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The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of

© 1998 Stephen Savitzky. Creative Commons LicenseSome Rights Reserved: CC-by-nc-sa/4.0 .

In memory of Abraham Savitzky, 1919-1999;
Shirley Weinland Hentzell, 1931-1999.

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  Once my friends and I read sc ience fiction t ales
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We dreamed of space, and r ockets to the m oon.
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Some d ay we'd live to walk up on the pl anets;
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The f uture, oh it c ouldn't come t oo s oon.

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N ow it's long past the t ime we c alled the f uture
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And st ill we carry  on from day to d ay
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The w onders of tomorrow st ill el ude us;
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Re ality keeps g etting in the way.
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  And the starlit crystal spires al ong the Grand Can al,
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  The cloudlight on the w arm Venusian s ea,
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Have v anished, like the st uff that dr eams  are m ade of;
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The f uture isn't l ike it used t o b e.
We watched as gallant men rode thunder to the sky
Our probes brought distant planets into view:
The dry and cratered plains of Mars and Venus--
Some dreams were dead before they could come true.

The Saturn Five once carried spacemen moonward
We've lost the plans to build her kind again
Bureaucracy and budgets dragged her under
Her launching pad stands rusting in the rain.
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The century's last year was safely far away
We'd have machines that talked with us, and more.
We never knew the challenge we'd be facing
Was code we keypunched forty years before.

Atomic powered rockets were a pipe-dream;
Most cities still burn coal to chase the dark.
The monorail that once ran to the spaceport
Takes children to an outing in the park.
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But the future that we lost is still someplace out there
Orion still rides hellfire toward the blue,
And rockets proudly land upon their tailfins,
As God and Robert Heinlein meant them to.

Yes, someplace there are old fans who remember
The way the future was when we were young,
And when the chains of space and time slip from me
I'll be part of the song that once was sung.
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  And I'll share a song with Rhysling,
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   bes ide the Grand Can al,
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Ride l ightsails on the endless starry s ea
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When  I've become the st uff that dreams
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   are made  of
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In the f uture of my ch ildrens' mem or y.

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