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by Alan Mahood

If there is mercy
In this universe
Then they didn't
What was happening,
What hit them
Before the awful
Physics of gravity and
Friction exerted their
Price, their terrible price.
Each knew the risks of their choices
Just as well as the rewards.
Riding to the heavens
Strapped to dynamite
And coming down little more
Than a metorite, a space rock
That turns into an airplane
Just before it crashes
Cannot be said to be an
Ordinary day at the
Office type job.
So if there is mercy they
Didn't know,
One moment they were talking
And dreaming
And thinking of
And then they were
Gone from this
Were meeting eternity
Looking upon the creator
Whose creation they were
Inspired by mere moments
If there is mercy
Then they are forever
Joined in the wonder
That we all feel when
Confronted with the awsomeness of
The heavens,
And will be
Flying amoung the stars




Author's Note: They released the video from the last moments of the Columbia today, and I couldn't stop myself.

Posted on 03/02/2003
Copyright © 2021 Alan Mahood

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Max Bouillet on 07/09/03 at 06:19 PM

Awe-inspiring tribute. I too hope they are joined in the wonder.

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