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When Worlds Collide (1951).

When Worlds Collide (1951)

I think all you scientists are crackpots! Nothing is going to
happen.

   If Dr. Bronson's calculations prove to be correct,
   this will be the most frightening discovery of all time.
   The astronomer is convinced a star umpteen times
   the size of the sun is barreling straight at us, but
   no one believes. His daughter--nicknamed Stargazer,
   tiny-waisted in tailored suits and pearls--is terrified.
   Looking out a taxicab window, she wishes she were
   ignorant like all the others, still rushing to work, saving
   for a time-share at the beach, planning for the future.
   She doesn't want to know the day and time of the end
   of the world, or that the only thing to do is hurry up
   and build a rocketship, a modern ark bound for a planet
   that may not even be habitable. It's a world war
   mentality, except they're rationing time. The daughter
   knows this, like she knows only forty can be saved
   and she's one of them. When the star bears down,
   big and orange as a harvest moon, the tin rocketship
   lifts off. Her eyes are wild. The pilot she's sweet on
   wonders aloud if they'll have enough gas to get there.
   It's hard to say--the needle bounces on the fuel gauge,
   likely stolen from a '48 Lincoln Continental. It's so
   American, coasting into the new world on fumes.
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Author:Smith, Maggie
Publication:West Branch
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 22, 2008
Words:226
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