My writer’s group got together today for lunch. To celebrate the season, we decided to bring a short story about Christmas. I really struggled with writing a story. I pondered the theme, really thought about what goes into a good Christmas tale. In frustration, it occurred to me that I may as well be writing about Christmas on Mars. Which lead to me thinking about what would Christmas on Mars be like. After much scribbling and revisions, I came up with this poem.
One of my friends suggested that I send this poem to NASA. I have no idea how to do that, but please feel free to share it. Maybe we can get it to the Mars program. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a Mars colonist, I may never make to Mars but it would be cool if my poem made it to NASA.
First Christmas on Mars
by Theresa Diaz Gray
How did we celebrate, that first time around?
Everything bleak, no snow on the ground.
No presents, no yule log, especially no tree
no tinsel, no candy canes, how could it be?
We took up the challenge, for we were the best,
a dozen NASA scientists, we’d pass this test.
For a tree, our fractal antenna did serve,
we hung ornaments on every last curve.
Our ship was garlanded with diodes and transistors,
shiny CD disks and solid state resistors.
Eggnog was made for our Christmas cheer,
from freeze dried ingredients and (ahem) Everclear.
Hanging on to each other, so we wouldn’t fall
twelve lonely astronauts, we gave it our all.
Our heavenly chorus sang,”Silent Night”
as we looked up longingly at the Earth’s shiny light.
That’s how it happened, I tell you it’s true,
how Christmas was celebrated by the original crew.