All Alone- A Sci-Fi Poem

All Alone- A Sci-Fi Poem

Allow me to post a poem I wrote in 2011. I had been participating in an online community called “BookRix” and got some decent feedback. I think it may have resulted from a writing prompt, but it happened long enough ago that I just don’t recall. It has been edited at least once since then, but I think this is the raw, first draft. Hope you enjoy! Tell me, do you think it needs more work, or is fine the way it is? I would love to hear your honest opinions!


All Alone

(c) 2011, by John T. M. Herres

Special thanks to Laszlo Kugler

How lonely it is out here in deep space
     So far away from the human race.
They sent me out so long ago
     In search of a planet where we could go.
Our Earth had become too crowded to please,
     All the land was covered and we spread to the seas.
Before long, those, too, were crowded with life,
     So we looked to the stars for a place to ease strife.
A ship was prepared, shot into the skies
     With hope for mankind, and seen by all eyes.
Farther I traveled into the unknown,
     Faster than any before had been thrown.
Communications were lost, at some point in time,
     But I must find somewhere with agreeable clime.
Another Galaxy gone by with no end in sight,
     I must find an answer to my planet’s plight.
I’ve been gone now, my instruments say,
     For some ten years, two months and a day.
On my sensors the klaxon begins to announce
     A surface compatible, down to the ounce.
I complete the readings, veer away to return,
     Hoping against hope the findings won’t spurn
The glimmer of hope for those who have none,
     Or at least pose an option for some to condone.
The entire trip back, twice as long it will take;
     I must make it back, for all mankind’s sake.
30 years will have gone, much longer for them,
     I’ll send the happy news to hinder mayhem.
As soon as a signal on the airwaves comes through,
     I’ll tell them there’s a way for us to renew.
I’m past the point I lost contact before,
     But still no answer, even though I implore.
Into our system I finally arrive,
     And familiar planets I can see float by.
Approaching coordinates where home should be,
     And soon the truth becomes clear to me:
While I was away, fighting broke out,
     Being won by whomever held the most clout.
I hang my head in sorrow and shame,
     Knowing I am now alone in this game.




I am a fiction writer;

A creator of larger-than-life heroes of ages gone by;
Great wizards tainted, and those who resist them;

War between interstellar travelers, both on this planet and far away;
Alien races intent on the annihilation of any being not their own,
and weaker ones in need of a savior- as well as the One who becomes their savior.

Clashes with bad people and dangerous places, where only one can survive.

When you get to my writing, sit back, hold on, and enjoy the ride!