Denis Martindale


Make It So... - Poem by Denis Martindale

The Captain of the Enterprise
Sat down upon his chair,
Serene, in charge and oh so wise,
That's why they placed him there...
Controlling each scenario
That came across his path,
By simply saying, 'Make it so...'
Despite the aftermath...

For sometimes, weapons were discharged,
Across the void of space,
As conquest after conquest marched,
Like frowns upon his face...
To leave him weary of the chase,
The love affairs gone wrong,
The lack of sleep at end of days
That left him weak not strong...

But he pressed on, despite each loss,
Each cross he had to bear,
A rolling stone that wrought no moss,
He travelled here and there...
Sometimes he even fought the foe,
Stood face-to-face with death,
Not simply saying, 'Make it so...'
So gently on his breath...

When Q came to the Enterprise,
He judged Man's history,
The wars in which each good man dies,
The awesome travesty...
The Captain pleaded in that Court,
The right to co-exist
And in that single precious thought,
Q's Judgment Day was missed...

But Q persisted in his quest
To teach a thing or two,
Thus Enterprise must prove its best
In all that it could do...
Thank God, the Captain's wisdom spared
Mankind more than we know,
Much more beyond the times he cared,
When saying, 'Make it so...'


Denis Martindale, copyright January 2016.


Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the starship, Enterprise.
Encounter At Farpoint introduced the catchphrase,
with a few more explained on the wikiquotes website.

Topic(s) of this poem: wisdom

Form: Prose Poem


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 9, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 9, 2016


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