A Sonnet for NOTIS Horizon
by Alan Alexander-Manifold
4 July 1993
When I look east, where sunrise brings the dawn,
A dark and jagged line against the sky
Marks off a limit for my straining eye:
The far horizon, past which none have gone.
Few features of that distant land are clear
Besides a forest vast, some lofty peak.
Of hidden secrets these dim outlines speak,
But we know not if we should hope or fear.
A new Horizon also is in view,
Which like the first by distance still is blurred,
And we feel hope and fear both intertwined.
To us, however, that course is not new;
Dismissing threats and promises we've heard,
We'll sally forth and find what we shall find.