Disclaimer: Star Trek is the property of Paramount/Viacom. This poem is the property of and is copyright (c) 1976 by Kathleen Resch. Originally published in Stardate Unknown #2, Gerry Downes editor.
An instant before, you touched me
So little time; a few brief words
Leaving unspoken all you might have said.
And all the time we might have shared
Must now be lived in this brief moment.
They are urging you on.
I can see the agony in your eyes,
And I turn away.
Though I would have given all to have kept you here
Even a day longer.
Even now I do not know
What you would have chosen
Had I not turned away --
For I saw it was my decision, as well --
And turning back
Saw you vanish into the cold stone.
No, I do not know.
But I can guess.
And perhaps that is why I do not wish to know.
In leaving, though, you have left
A part of yourself behind.
I did not know, at first,
And did not believe for a long time.
How terrible to be alone
In this excruciating, beautiful moment.
I can almost see your face as I scream,
Feel your hand on mine.
Your presence … so very close …
He is very beautiful, your son
So like you … and parted from you
By an endless eon of time.
And I am alone no longer.