David J Lindsay
Two Suns - Poem by David J Lindsay
We're orbiting our star, the sun, at quite a decent speed
We've been doing that for billions of years, scientists are agreed
But apparently, many stars we know, have got a twin - they're binary
So if our Earth had two suns, not one - how great would that be? !
Imagine how much warmer and how much lighter it would be
As our two hot globes dance in the sky and we sail fancy-free
Through the void between them, around them or above
It sounds like fun, and twice the sun could mean we double the love
But then, what would happen to the moon? - I like to see her gleam
Would we lose her for a while, when along our path we steam?
If we did, I'd insist we pick her up again on our journey back to base
It's rude to keep a lady waiting, especially in cold space
What of the other planets, our neighbours round the sun?
Would there be eight or nine of them, or maybe twenty-one?
With double gravity a-pulling, that's possible I'd say
But they'd have to form a queue or they'd get in each other's way.
We'd need some traffic lights in space, to prevent an awful jumble
If Neptune cut in front of Mars, he'd make her trip and tumble
Perhaps I'm worrying over nowt, perhaps they'd all behave
To not do so with two 'sun mums' watching would be rather brave!
Back on Earth in the early years, what changes might there be?
Would the tides be any different, would there be more land / less sea?
The plants and animals that grew around could’ve been so very different
Would the dinosaurs still have come about, to then become extinct?
And what of jolly homo erectus and our other predecessors?
Could they have survived and stayed alive to bring forth the same ancestors?
If so, would we still have, in this fair land, Stonehenge to pave the way
To measure out the seasons and the solstices today?
I could be wrong but 8 seasons a year we'd have - have I got that right? !
And for half the year we'd also get pure days, i.e. there'd be no night
And how long would a year be, how many months, how many weeks?
And without the stars above to count, I guess we'd have to stick to sheep.
I like the thought of two summers, two autumns and two springs
I'm not too keen on winters, but you can't have everything
Without seeing all the stars and having planets all akimbo
We wouldn't have astrology, so no daft TV bimbos!
Would we have sun-signs instead of star-signs, well who knows?
But new calendars would be needed to match celestial do-se-dos
Two darling buds of May and two autumn falls would be quite nifty
But longer years mean we'd leave school at 8 and die before we're 50!
Twice daily sunrises and sunsets would be beautiful to see
So would watching Halley's comet double-looping like a bee
But the whole thing could be chaos, there's a 'Goldilocks zone' I hear
Too close to a sun - we'd frazzle, too far - we'd freeze, I fear
So let us not be greedy, after all, having one sun works just fine
We've one sunrise and one sunset and a good grasp of the time
We've LIFE and heat and daylight thanks to that single golden ball.
I say let's stick to one, 'cause if we try for two, we might not be here at all!
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