All Bridges Aren’t In Brooklyn

By Jim Dunlap

A culture has developed
Out in the asteroid belt
Some differences are major
But more often seen than felt.
The problem with colonizing
Extraterrestrial real estate
Is the scarcity of oxygen
Not how to move the freight.
Though lammergeiers and werebeasts
Sometimes do pose a risk
Commerce deals in necessities
Thus trade is always brisk.
A consortium of interests
With shareholders still on Earth
Is just the ticket—I have stocks
If you’ll give me their true worth.