Hold out your hand: in the nothing that’s there
All the world’s voices are filling the air
Making from many lands one.

Reach for a signal, see who it might bring:
Actors or astronauts, children, a king,
Daring adventure, about anything
It’s all ham radio. Let your voice spring
Out to the world, and have fun.

NOTE: The fifth line of the poem is quite true. The actors include Marlon Brando (FO5GJ) and Priscilla Presley (N6YOS), the kings include King Juan Carlos of Spain (EA0JC) and King Bhumiphol of Thailand (HS1A). There are over 150 astronaut and cosmonaut hams.

©Natasha Bochkov, M.C.S., Martin Bayes, Ph.D., and Donna LaRoche, M.Ed