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From Pad 39-A

By Wendy Van Camp
Aug 20, 2020 · 217 words · 1 minute

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Art by SpaceX.  

From the author: A three part poem inspired by the SpaceX Dragon Spaceshot. Even during times of crisis, the dream of reaching the stars continues.


APOLLO

At dawn, the monolith rises with
Brave men to ascend the heavens
We will journey to the moon

The nation holds its collected breath
As television cameras spy
     At dawn, the monolith rises with
     Brave men to ascend the heavens

On magnificent blossoms of fire
Kennedy’s dream comes to life
We see our world with new eyes
     At dawn, the monolith rises with
     Brave men to ascend the heavens
     We will journey to the moon

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ENDEAVOUR

Over and over the flying brick
Transports humans into orbit
Landing home after her mission

When the Challenger explodes
We grow fearful of outer space
     Over and over the flying brick
     Transports humans into orbit

Astronauts float in the space station
Performing great experiments
The earth-bound do not comprehend
     Over and over the flying brick
     Transports humans into orbit
     Landing home after her mission

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DRAGON

The rising Dragon is a javelin
With precision, pierces the sky
Leaping forth from Pad 39-A

Despite masks and social distance
The nation relives Apollo mystique
     The rising Dragon is a javelin
     With precision, pierces the sky

Former shuttle pilots rename
SpaceX craft their Endeavour
Bringing the past into the future
     The rising Dragon is a javelin
     With precision, pierces the sky
     Leaping forth from Pad 39-A

This story originally appeared in Starlight Emporium Magazine - Summer 2020.


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Wendy Van Camp

Wendy Van Camp is a poet and author of science fiction and fantasy.