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They Boldly Went
Randal A. Burd, Jr.


They boldly went to outer space
To represent the human race
To aliens from far and wide
On planets unidentified—
Exotic and yet commonplace.

With others eager to debase
The Enterprise and to erase
Their dreams, both spoken and implied,
They boldly went.

Each journey to an unknown place
Brought challenges they had to face
Where differences were set aside,
Inspiring people nationwide.
And though some died, in every case
They boldly went.

© by Randal A. Burd, Jr.
Used with the author’s permission.


Randal Burd teaches adult education classes and works with at-risk youth at a residential treatment facility in rural Missouri. He has a Master's Degree in English Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri and his work has been published in a variety of publications. A married father of two, Randal enjoys doing genealogy research when he is not indulging in his self-sabotaging compulsion to write poetry that rhymes.Learn more about him at



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Thanks for the great comments! This poem is included in my new collection, published by Kelsay Books.
Posted 09/13/2020 04:13 PM
Thank you for this! I grew up watching TOS, and it definitely gave me imnportant lessons about how to be a good person, and about social/civic responsibility.
Posted 09/10/2020 08:27 PM
Lori Levy:
The rhyme works well in this poem.
Posted 09/08/2020 03:04 PM
michael escoubas:
I Appreciate this nostalgic poem about one of my favorite TV epics. Star Trek was then, and continues to be a profound source of contemplation on the human condition. Nicely done, Randal.
Posted 09/08/2020 08:36 AM
Larry Schug:
Oh, man, how I miss Star Trek! This poem beams me out of this world in turmoil for just a little while. Thanks.
Posted 09/08/2020 08:00 AM
Thank you. Fun little piece, you boldly wrote. Ready
Posted 09/08/2020 06:53 AM

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