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Poetry * related to Space and Astronomy

gathered by Inquiry Unlimited for classroom thematic connections

[Blast Off! | Last Laugh | When I'm An Astronaut | First Moon Landing | Letter to the Moon | The Moon | Moonlight | Song | Children of the Sun | Space Song | The Falling Star | Shooting Stars | A Meteorite | A Black Hole | The Milky Way | from COUNTING | Star | Lullaby | Blast Off!]


Blast Off by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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Last Laugh by Lee Bennett Hopkins

      They all laughed when I told them
      I wanted to be

      A woman in space
      Floating so free.

      But they won't laugh at me
      When they finally see
      My feet up on Mars
      And my face on TV.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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When I'm An Astronaut by Bobbi Katz

      First I'll get into my spacesuit.
      Then I'll bravely wave good-by.
      Next I'll climb into my spacecraft
      Built to sail right through the sky!
      In command inside the capsule,
      I will talk to ground control.
      When we've checked out
        all the systems,

      I'll say, "Let the countdown roll!"
      And it's 4-3-2-1 - - blast off - -
      With a smile upon my face,
      Iíll spin loops around the planets
      up, up, up in outer space!

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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First Moon Landing by J. Patrick Lewis

      Two highfliers,
      Buzz and Neil,
      Said they couldn't
      Wait to feel
      Just what kind of
      Moon it was - -
      "Take a look around,"
      Said Buzz.

      Open the hatch
      And out the door,
      Down the ladder
      To the moonlit floor.
      After he had
      Sunk his heel
      Into the dusty
      Ocean, Neil
      Knew what a lovely
      Moon it was - -
      "One small step . . .
      Said Neil to Buzz.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Letter to the Moon by Jane Yolen

      Dear Old Moon:

      Your new moon face
      Has human footprints every place.
      The astronauts did not take care
      And walked upon you everywhere.
      But worse, they left behind a mess
      That surely causes you distress.
      Forgive us, moon,
      Please keep your glow.
        With love,
        From all of us
        below.


      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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The Moon by Lillian M. Fisher

      The moon has no light
      of its own.
      It's cold and dark
      and dead as stone,
      But it catches light
      from the burning sun
      And shows itself
      When each day is done.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Moonlight by Leslie D. Perkins

      On
        the
          dark
            lawn
              is a
              pale
              moon
            path
            just
          for
      me

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Song by Ashley Bryan

      Sing to the sun
      It will listen
      And warm your words
      Your joy will rise
      Like the sun
      And glow
      Within you
      Sing to the moon
      It will hear
      And soothe your cares
      Your fears will set
      Like the moon
      And fade
      Within you

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Children of the Sun by Brod Bagert

      Mercury's small
      Almost nothing at all.

      Venus is bright and near.

      Earth is a place with deep blue seas
      And a sky that is blue and clear.

      Mars is red and angry.

      Jupiter has an eye.

      Saturn has rings of ice and stone
      That circle round its sky.

      Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
      Are far away and cold.

      So now I know my planets
      And I'm only six years old.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Space Song by Eve Merriam

      Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Mars;
      Here we go whizzing around the stars.

      Venus, Neptune, Mercury,
      And oh, Pluto - -
      What on Earth do you see?

      How little Earth looks down below:
      What tiny creatures they must grow.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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The Falling Star by Sara Teasdake

      I saw a star slide down the sky,
      Blinding the north as it went by,
      Too burning and too quick to hold,
      Too lovely to be bought or sold,
      Good only to make wishes on
      And then forever to be gone.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Shooting Stars by Aileen Fisher

      When stars get loosened
      in their sockets,
      they shoot off through
      the night like rockets.
      But though I stay
      and watch their trip
      and search where they
      have seemed to slip,
      I never yet have found a CHIP
      to carry in my pockets.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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A Meteorite by Sandra Liatsos

      A fireball
      came roaring down
      from far in outer space.
      That fireball exploded!
      Its pieces ran a race,
      till one crashed down
      in my backyard
      and made a great big hole,
      that looks as if
      a giant lost
      his mother's mixing bowl!

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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A Black Hole by J. Patrick Lewis

      A star that's just
        Too fat to hang
      Far out in space
        May pop - - and bang!
      Its insides get
        So blazing hot - -
      One day it's there,
        The next it's not!
      And no one knows
        Exactly why
      But in the ceiling
        Of the sky,
      The hole that swallows
        Starry light
      Is big as day
        And black as night.


      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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The Milky Way by Barbara Juster Esbensen

      Who spilled
      these stars
      across the sky
      like
      sparkling
      dust
      like
      clouds of light?

      They pour their
      milky shine
      into the deep black
      bowl
      above their heads

        white

        glittering

        too many to

        count.


      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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from COUNTING by Karla Kuskin

      Counting the stars
      As they glitter bright white
      Is lovely indeed
      And a marvelous sight
      When the air is fresh
      As the first night in fall.
      But I always have a feeling
      That comes very softly stealing
      When my head with stars is reeling
      That I didn't count them all.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Star by Anonymous

      Star light,
      Star bright,
      First star I see tonight,
      I wish I may,
      I wish I might
      Have the wish
      I wish tonight.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Lullaby by Sarah Wilson

      Goodnight,
      goodnight
      to friends in space
      and those on ships
      that interlace
      with suns and moons
      across the sea
      of light
      that rims
      our galaxy.

      Goodnight,
      goodnight
      to all who fly
      and those who seek
      new worlds in sky
      from my home planet
      swirled in blue
      a long and peaceful
      calm to you.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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Blast Off! by Joanne Oppenheim

      Wheelless
      wingless
      weightless
      unknown roads in space await us.

      Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Blast Off! Poems About Space. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. [J821On]

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