Walterrean Salley

(Savannah, Ga)

Space-Shuttle Discovery


(The July 2005 Mission to the
International Space Station)


Should there be another flight,
Or would scrapping it be best?
What of the man shuttle—
Would it past the test?

And if Discovery launches,
Would she return to land?
These unsettling questions
Plagued every man.

With the Columbia disaster
Freshly in mind,
We wondered of the risk:
Would the nation pine?

But safely, she made it
Into outer-space.
And it appears that, for now,
We're still in the race.

We watched her fiery lift-off
After spoiled attempts;
Her brave astronauts
Never seemed to flinch.

A daring show of strength
In death-defying fear—
‘Twas pleasing to the nation
To explore the last frontier.

But what about the gap fillers
That needed repair?
There in outer space,
Steve did the job we'd dare.

On her mission home again,
We reserved our mirth.
And things went rather smoothly,
Until approaching the earth.

Discovery was so near,
And yet so far away;
The weather was quite nasty—
Keeping her at bay.

We were waiting to exhale,
With hope in every chest.
But, until touchdown,
The nation held its breath.

Upon orbiting the globe
To compensate delay,
She landed at Edwards;
The mission went okay.

To greet Eileen and the crew,
Were the waiting crowds—
Praising the accomplishment
That did our nation proud.

Discovery made it home again—
The crew, and the chief.
And at last, we all can breathe
A sigh of relief.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Edited: Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem 'Space-Shuttle Discovery, ' is about the July 2005 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) . The seven-member crew included Eileen Collins (the flight's Commander) , and Stephen Robinson-Mission Specialist 2-who repaired the shuttle's gap fillers, before it [the spacr shuttle] returned to earth.

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  • Captain Cur (6/18/2012 8:20:00 PM)

    Absolutely fabulous poem honoring the brave men and women who frontier space.
    Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (5/8/2012 10:45:00 PM)

    Its nice to read a work that celebrates the success of a mission rather then dwelling on the grief of space travel. Lovely work (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (5/6/2012 2:51:00 AM)

    Fantastic! I'm hugely respectful of NASA's efforts to explore space and this is a fine tribute. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (5/6/2012 2:46:00 AM)

    Fantastic! I'm hugely respectful of NASA's efforts to explore space and this is a fine tribute. (Report) Reply

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