Disclaimer: Star Trek is the property of Paramount/Viacom. This story is the property of and is copyright (c) 1977 by Gerry Downes. Originally published in Stardate: Unknown #3, Gerry Downes, editor.

 

Enterprise Incident

Gerry Downes

 

Romulan space has brilliant stars,

And wispy bridal-veils of gas;

But there are also dust lanes here

Reaching far across, obscuring ...

 

"You state the obvious, Spock.

Everyone fulfills his duty."

"There is no regulation limiting

the content of my statement."

 

Such diversity in this galaxy,

Strange combination shapes of suns;

They make a lovely crown of jewels,

Starshine jewels, to light her hair.

 

"My crime is sabotage;

I do freely admit my guilt."

//Make haste, Captain, or there will be

little left of me to beam aboard.//

 

It is glorious, this design of light;

But I am an intruder here.

At last the touch, the shimmer-whine of safety.

Dare I hope -- will she come with me?