Where the Children Strove

by Roman Gomez

Where the Children Strove is a sci-fi thriller novel by Roman Gomez. It is the story of two space nomads, Henrietta and Graham Cominsky, who wander through space to find abandoned ships to scavenge for any materials that may have been left behind by the previous owners. They then find the Magna, the biggest and most astonishing ship the two have ever boarded with only one known inhabitant, Sunny, the ship’s computer.  The two live in this seemingly perfect home until it is revealed that there is more to this ship than what seems and that they may be in more danger than they thought.

The novel’s title is based off a poem by Emily Dickinson titled Because I Could Not Stop for Death. The poem is about a well-dressed gentleman who picks up a woman and takes her on a relaxing ride on his carriage. The two of them ride throughout the town until nighttime. By the last stanza it is revealed that the woman has actually been dead and was unwilling to accept what had happened.

 

Because I could not stop for Death –

He kindly stopped for me –

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –

And Immortality.

 

We slowly drove – He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility –

 

We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess – in the Ring –

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –

We passed the Setting Sun –

 

Or rather – He passed Us –

The Dews drew quivering and Chill –

For only Gossamer, my Gown –

My Tippet – only Tulle –

 

We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –

The Cornice – in the Ground –

 

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity –