DISCLAIMER: The Star Trek characters are the property of Paramount Studios, Inc. This poem is the creation and property of Caroline Nixon and is copyright (c) 1977 by Caroline Nixon. Originally printed in R&R #4.
O, you beguiled by tranquil Vulcan eyes,
Love-dreaming in untried security,
Can you not see the clear analogy
That's set before you nightly in the stars?
That chill crystal, that softly seems to sing
The chaste and chiming music of the spheres,
Luring you on, with rapt and spell-bound ears,
Its very magic in its pristine glistening,
Is yet the far echo of ardent fire,
A plasma-pile whose nature is to burn.
And who can plot the point of no return
When star's cool calm becomes a sun's desire?
I see my warning words are all in vain-
Go, flutter on, moth, to your candle flame.