The poem Buzz Aldrin tried to read....February 3 2003 at 10:55 PM
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this was originally written for the Challenger but a friend discovered that Columbia scanned just as well so I present it in that form...
Buzz Aldrin tried to read it on national television and broke down and couldn't finish it...
Fire In The Sky (words & music: Jordin Kare)
Prometheus, they say, brought god's fire down to man,
And we caught it, tamed it, trained it since our history began.
Now we're going back to heaven just to look him in the eye,
And there's a thunder 'cross the land, and a fire in the sky!
Gagarin was the first, back in nineteen sixty-one,
When like Icarus, undaunted, he climbed to reach the sun.
And he knew he might not make it, for it's never hard to die,
But he lifted off the pad and rode a fire in the sky.
Yet a higher goal was calling, and we vowed to reach it soon,
And we gave ourselves a decade to put fire on the moon.
And Apollo told the world, "We can do it if we try"
For there was one small step, and a fire in the sky.
Now two decades since Gagarin, twenty years to the day,
We've a shuttle named Columbia to open up the way.
Though they say she's just a truck, she's a truck that's aiming high!
See the jets burning. See her fire in the sky.
Yet the gods do not give lightly of the powers they have made
With Columbia and seven once again the price was paid.
For a nation watched her falling and the world could only cry.
And she passed from us in glory, riding fire in the sky.
Now the rest is up to us. There's a future to be won.
We must turn our faces outward. We will do what must be done.
For no cradle lasts forever. Every bird must learn to fly,
And we're going to the stars. See our fire in the sky.
Though we mourn
We shall not falter
See our fire in the sky!