How long were you planning to keep this up?
Given the choice, I might leave,
but I like it here.
Tell us about the sun.
Burn up once
and then return
do it all over again.
How did you avoid getting noticed for so long?
The radio says the age of discovery is not yet over,
so keep trying.
You were listening to our radios?
And bent stalks of corn, and satellites
and the next generation preparing
to enter the atmosphere.
What can you see from over there?
dropping into open
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