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Upon the Loss of the Shuttle Columbia


Katerin ferch Gwenllian            


We journey boldly into shining skies
To learn, to build, to reach toward other worlds;
As seven angels watch with loving eyes,
Another flag in new frontiers unfurls.
With them, three angels more, though longer gone,
Extend their hands to shelter those below
Whose dreams and courage ever spur them on
To follow where the angels sought to go.
Alas! Though angels guard with all their might,
Ill chance can daring bring to bitter tears.
Again by day, a star has burned too bright,
And we relearn sad lessons of past years.
In time, earth's surly bonds we'll slip again,
And angels seventeen will keep us then.

© Samantha Pendleton
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