I saw your story on the news today.
Kinda took my breath away
Made my heart stop
They told your history, your life
In their ever stoic tone
They showed your picture.
Then just like you, it was gone
But before it faded out
The anchor held a note
They said your name
And then they read
The last words that you wrote
A life is like a garden
Perfect moments can be had
But not preserved
Except in memory
The US actor Leonard Nimoy passed away in the early hours of friday morning at the age of 83. He was marvellous actor and director, but he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and film series 'Star Trek'.
Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering chronic lung disease COPD, despite stopping smoking 30 years ago. It was reported last week he had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.
Spock-the legend, the icon, you say. But why? What's the appeal? How has this largely unprepossessing character--originally intended as an undefined background oddity, who very nearly didn't survive the first pilot episode, and who inherited his ultimate personality from another character who was 'axed' because she was a woman in authority (Yech!)--managed to overshadow even the charismatic, larger-than-life, some might even inexplicably say 'sexy' Captain Kirk in the minds and hearts of so many die-hard Star Trek fans? As you might well expect, I have a theory.
Spock: [in response to Kirk pawning his antique spectacles from Wrath of Khan] Excuse me, Admiral. But weren't those a birthday gift from Dr. McCoy?
Kirk: And they will be again, that's the beauty of it.
[to the Antique Store Owner]
Kirk: How much?
Antique Store Owner: Well, they'd be worth more if the lenses were intact. I'll give you one hundred dollars for them.
Kirk: [pause] Is that a lot?
[Kirk and Spock enter a bus headed for the aquarium - only to exit the bus about two seconds later]
Kirk: What does God need with a starship?
McCoy: Jim, what are you doing?
Kirk: I'm asking a question.
"God": Who is this creature?
Kirk: Who am I? Don't you know? Aren't you God?
Sybok: He has his doubts.
"God": You doubt me?
Kirk: I seek proof.
McCoy: Jim! You don't ask the Almighty for his ID!
"God": Then here is the proof you seek.
[Hits Kirk with lightning]
Kirk: Why is God angry?
Sybok: Why? Why have you done this to my friend?