A Humble Tribute to Scotty

*Originally written in 2005, upon hearing the news of James Doohan's passing…

"Beam me up, Scotty!" We've heard that for years.

The most quoted quote of Trek engineers.

No matter the risk, no matter the peril,

No matter the red of his chosen apparel,

He always came through; he never did waver,

For that special old bottle of scotch he so savored.

His eyes bore the sparkle of mischief and joy

That countered a serious Dr. McCoy,

And a logical Spock, and a risk-taking Kirk.

He kept them in check with a grin and a smirk.

As the clock ticked away and he gave them his all,

Clearly, James Doohan was having a ball.

An adventurous spirit, and a hero in truth,

He inspired a whole generation of youth

To reach for their dreams and give all they've got.

For that Canadian playing the role of a Scot,

Somehow it took on a life of its own.

Now, "Beam me up, Captain. It's time to go home."