Remembering Columbia


Drawn silently across the sky – a laser-straight line

Of fresh-snow white, yet as the diamond-bright star

At its tip skated across the blue, no-one watching

Knew seven souls were being set free,

Fleeing from and climbing through the hail of debris

Trailing through the air as brave Columbia

Tried in vain to keep her fragile charges safe

For just a few miles more…


Six years later and here I stand

Staring sadly at the winter sky.

The Pleiades’ seven suns are shining

Like fireflies o’erhead, one for each bed

Left cold and empty on that cruel night

When Columbia broke apart

And broke the hearts of those like me

Who long to touch the stars.


© Stuart Atkinson 2009

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