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Dedicated to Colonel William Pogue, who in 1973, used a Seiko 6139 chronograph to time engine burns on the Skylab space station

Engine Burn

The Ancients never pictured you
Unnatural orbit
Uniformed corpus
When forming stories out of stars
Specs of light as looming gods

A captive man, weightless, floating
His capsule sunward swiftly hurtling
Where night's a vague and useless concept
And day's a dial's fabrication
At seventeen thousand miles an hour
Piloting a space station

With chintzy hand and tiny spring
The progress of mankind you time
Expanding the frontier of knowledge
In a steel hull gone supersonic

Free from atmospheric scatter
The sunlight blinds with pure white fire
An engine burn is like a candle
Snuffed out with a single finger

And In that brief and discrete moment
Time itself reveals a secret
That seconds last a little longer
When man celestial stops to ponder
The universe and all its wonder

By rock of balance wheel and stutter
Of second hand the thoughts of yonder
Fade replaced by stern attention
To steering the ship of man's invention
And degrees of orbital inclination

The Colonel whose profound reflection
Existed during time unmeasured
performs a standard systems check
floats calmly, then returns to work
 

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Hmm.. the line breaks are ruined when viewing on Tapatalk and you can't see the stanzas. Much more readable on a computer

Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
 

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Dedicated to Colonel William Pogue, who in 1973, used a Seiko 6139 chronograph to time engine burns on the Skylab space station

Engine Burn

The Ancients never pictured you
Unnatural orbit
Uniformed corpus
When forming stories out of stars
Specs of light as looming gods

A captive man, weightless, floating
His capsule sunward swiftly hurtling
Where night's a vague and useless concept
And day's a dial's fabrication
At seventeen thousand miles an hour
Piloting a space station

With chintzy hand and tiny spring
The progress of mankind you time
Expanding the frontier of knowledge
In a steel hull gone supersonic

Free from atmospheric scatter
The sunlight blinds with pure white fire
An engine burn is like a candle
Snuffed out with a single finger

And In that brief and discrete moment
Time itself reveals a secret
That seconds last a little longer
When man celestial stops to ponder
The universe and all its wonder

By rock of balance wheel and stutter
Of second hand the thoughts of yonder
Fade replaced by stern attention
To steering the ship of man's invention
And degrees of orbital inclination

The Colonel whose profound reflection
Existed during time unmeasured
performs a standard systems check
floats calmly, then returns to work
What a fitting tribute :cool:
 

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This is awesome! Beautiful imagery, rhythm, and wording. Can this be staked permanently?
 
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