Lost In Holographic Storage

universal to starfaring: the saying
that it takes so long to mount an exploration
and just a nanosec or two to undo

stored now in the digital banks
a stellar cartographer’s private holocharts
from the infamous abandoned run to Alpha 31

mapping the potential for dark perils
lurking deep within their wormhole
her final images set off alarms

I want to celebrate each light trace
for both my daughters crewed that trip
they felt the sweet pull in reverse for home

—Robert Frazier