From the moon to the stars! This time I am all for exploring wondrous words in the final frontier and beyond, for September 8th is Star Trek Day (apparently!).
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Poetic Sundays: Wondrous Words in the Final Frontier
This week is not about any specific poetic form but looking at poetic connections in the Star Trek series. So first, here is a definition of poetry from the show: “an art form that uses words, put together in new and unexpected ways, sometimes in rhyme.” ~ Deanna Troi, “Dark Page” (source)
Verse and Universe: The Final Frontier
Poetry and literature have made several appearances in the Star Trek series, often as a means of character development, cultural exploration, or as a source of inspiration and reflection. Here are some out of the world instances of poetry or wondrous words in the final frontier:
- Klingon Poetry: Klingon poetry is a recurring theme in Star Trek, and I love how classic literature and poetry are woven in within these spaces. For example, there is a translated version of the epic poem “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and also “Hamlet.”
- Paradise Lost Found!! Aboard the S. S. Botany Bay and many other references to Milton’s famous poem across other episodes as well (source).
- Poetry and Imagination. While I don’t recall watching this episode, once I read about this poetic connection, I wanted to go look for and watch the Star Trek: Enterprise season one episode ‘Rogue Planet’. The connection: W. B. Yeats’ poem The Song of Wandering Aengus. Watch the episode for yourself to find out how this connection plays out or read more about it here.
- Spock’s Poetry Recitals. Like many, I did have a certain fondness for Spock for his oddities, and while I am not sure I recall this episode, I am pretty sure I watched it. For I and my family were big Star Trek fans when I was younger:)
- Captain Kirk‘s Poetic Side: He quotes “All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by” to Dr. McCoy in an episode. This is from a 20th century poem titled “Sea-Fever” by English poet John Masefield (source).
- Then I have both Captain Kirk and Spock spouting nonsense Carroll style as they seem to draw inspiration from the Jabberwocky and those tweedly twins from Wonderland!!
- Data’s Poetry: Data, the android officer in “The Next Generation,” explores his creative side by writing poetry. While there are many instances of his poetic attempts, one of the most famous ones within the show is his Ode To Spot.
On My Blog
This past week:
- Find Inspiration this World Letter Writing Day: In Wondrous Books and More
- The Wondrous World of Water Bodies According to Hoyle
- Sunday Scribblings #158:To the Moon With Numbers Letters and More
On the Homefront
Spending time with mom some more and discovering Bangalore traffic and some of its shenanigans that I have been away from (not ones I would want to embrace) were part of this week. And on the delightful, heart-uplifting side, I spent a few hours browsing through old photographs…Nostalgia does have its benefits…
On My Blog
Maybe a couple of posts.
On the Homefront
I am getting to the end of my almost-month long visit with my mom so it is a bittersweet feeling for sure. On the one hand, I have to bid goodbye to her and leaving with the hope that she gets stronger by the time I visit again. On the other, I am heading back home to DH and my kids, and will spend a few days with everyone together before we head out to drop my son off for his junior year at college (this time at an off-campus apartment).
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week include: Joan Aiken on the 4th of Sept; Sam Hamill and Paul Fleischman on the 5th; Alice Sebold on 6th Sep; David Levithan on the 7th of Sept; Phyllis A. Whitney, Matt de la Peña, Kalki, Bharatendu Harishchandra, Sonia Sanchez, and Leo Tolstoy on the 9th; Mary Oliver on the 10th
- Sept is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
- National Read a Book Day is on the 6th of September (well, for me, it is daily!)
- The 8th is International Literacy Day and World Ampersand Day
- While the 9th of September is International Sudoku Day
- This first full week of September is National Waffle Week; so explore this popular breakfast in its many forms. We love the Belgian waffle, savory waffles too, and one of our favorites – churro waffles!!
- The 4th of September is Eat an Extra Dessert Day!! Something I am sure to enjoy! And it is also National Macadamia Nut Day, so maybe chocolates with macadamia nuts?
- September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day and World Samosa Day
- Followed by National Coffee Ice Cream Day on the 6th of September.
- The 7th is National Acorn Squash Day and National Beer Lover’s Day.
- The 10th of Sept is National TV Dinner Day
Other Celebrations and Observations
- The 4th is National Wildlife Day
- While the 5th of September is International Day of Charity as well as National Be Late For Something Day (but let us not be late to be charitable!). It is also Teacher’s Day here in India in honor of the birthday of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.
- And being late is followed by, well, Fight Procrastination Day on September 6th! Makes sense, right? Or not?
- The 8th, as I already mentioned, is Star Trek Day. It is also Stand Up To Cancer Day (second Friday of September)
- National Teddy Bear Day and Wonderful Weirdos Day are on the 9th, as is Are You OK? Day (Australia). It is also California Admission Day
- The 9th is World First Aid Day (observed on the second Saturday of Sept).
- September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is also National Swap Ideas Day
Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Do you have any wondrous words in the final frontier to share with me and other readers? And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?