Because of the Basic Idea

It was the basic idea that had us rapt. 
Beyond that, we were not impressed;
All of the ways he waved his hands
Showing us just how it would work
Barely made us budge from our seats.

Something about cold made heat,
About traveling with the momentum of heat,
Something about a new planet
A new home with granite homes
Lining the horizon, the line of all things.

The children would sing their yawns at all this
As would the adults;
Nevertheless we sat properly captivated
By the man’s prophetic commercial
Because of the basic idea.

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