Sunday, January 30, 2011

          28 JANUARY 1986

          At just this place on just this date
              A quarter century past
              Occurred that horrid blast
          I saw and now commemorate.

          A crew of astronauts arose
              To challenge gravity
              And taste infinity
          And see what freedom might disclose.

          Beyond the confines of our womb
              These doughty few would fly
              Though little thought they’d die
          And end in such a spacious tomb.

          Now here I stand remembering
              That scraggle on the blue
              We pointed at and knew
          What bold ambitions sometimes bring.