Sunday, October 04, 2009

One Single Impression: Descent

Downward Descent

It was time to go home.
Say you an about face?
Forty-nine days this crew
was up in outer space.

They'd orbited the earth
near sixteen times a day,
two hundred seventeen
miles above earth's highways.

Now the bay doors are closed
and extra fuel's been burned.
Back into the capsule,
again its keep to earn.

All was in order there
like it was when it went.
Up and up it had climbed
then slept until descent.

Closed the hatch slid the bolt
systems checked status go.
Pushed off a bit, it's loose.
Cool now, soon it will glow.

Down from heaven they went.
Trail of fire as they fell,
sped down so far so fast.
Will they descend to hell?

Should they miss target mark.
Down, followed by the fire.
Be right, no turning back,
or find Lucifer's ire.

Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

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"Descent" as prompt was
suggested by Sue of
Sunflower Roots

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At Saturday, October 03, 2009 11:42:00 PM, Blogger gautami tripathy said...

When we go against the norm, this is what we face, I think.

holding on my breath

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:00:00 AM, Anonymous Andree said...

Of all the moments in space, reentry is the most dangerous. You hit the nail on the head with this poem!

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 3:15:00 AM, Blogger anthonynorth said...

Reentry is always a problem - and they live with this thought every second in space.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 3:33:00 AM, Blogger audrey` said...

Our Dr Jim can compose poems very clearly. Well done! =)

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 5:17:00 AM, Blogger Yellow Tulip said...

nicely said:)..

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 6:57:00 AM, Blogger Sweetest in the Gale said...

Very nicely written! I really enjoyed this poem; it had layers of meaning.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 7:09:00 AM, Blogger Loch Rob said...

Nice rythmn and theme Jim. I have always liked astronomy and space realated topics. I enjoyed your interpretation.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 9:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see the bay doors close for the return and i prayed that they land safe....remembered Kalpana Chawla.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just so beautiful Jim :)

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:07:00 AM, Anonymous if said...

your imagination goes beyond....thanks...!

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh God that made me think of the tragedy just few years back...

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:12:00 AM, Blogger Sue said...

your poem fires the imagination -- thinking of the rockets burning bright against the blackness of space.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Maggie said...

I do think descending and ascending are the most dangerous times in space travel.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 11:45:00 AM, Blogger indicaspecies said...

Hope they did not miss the target and landed safely. Well written, and I enjoyed this.

My ascent on the balloon wasn't that high fortunately so the descent was comparitively safer. Cheers!

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:02:00 PM, Blogger Tammie Lee said...

there is something in the human spirit that ascends and descends no matter what the consequence. love what came to you for this prompt.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 2:44:00 PM, Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

love this twist on "descent"...i live in a house full of science geeks, one of whom suggested attending a shuttle launch last year. i admit holding my breath for a very long time with its launch.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 4:22:00 PM, Blogger Amias said...

I am going to keep my feet on the ground, because going up this high, it's dangerous coming down.

Very good poem Jim.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:09:00 PM, Blogger Tumblewords: said...

Excellent - I feel the threat and the preparation made.

At Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:09:00 PM, Blogger bethany said...

A poem about the current form of space travel... how fantastic!!

What a brilliant poem and concept!

At Monday, October 05, 2009 3:10:00 PM, Blogger Quiet Paths said...

Vivid, real and slightly frightening interp of the prompt Jim. Well done!

At Monday, October 05, 2009 10:32:00 PM, Blogger Beth P. said...

great take on this, Jim~

and what goes know.


At Tuesday, October 06, 2009 8:37:00 AM, Blogger Patois said...

Nicely done, Jim. Of course, it does bring to mind past disasters. And helps us remember who true heroes are.

At Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:36:00 AM, Blogger Pearl said...

that's a different take it. you started with a high view for sure.

At Wednesday, October 07, 2009 6:56:00 PM, Blogger Patti said...

Boy I sure know someone's who's headed in a quick descent downward, as we speak...Great poem!!!

At Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:49:00 PM, Anonymous April Belle said...

Holy Cats, this was awesome... Jim, I am in awe. I loved every line and the imagery played so vividly in my mind...

I'm sure the OSI linky is all in order, Jim... I had put your other blog address into my Google Reader. It lets me know whenever there is a new post by someone on my list... Your's came up the other day, so I posted there! What I can do is switch the notification to this blog - that way I'll see your awesome writing more often. :)

At Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:40:00 AM, Anonymous Married to Singaporean said...

Enjoy reading your post, I may not understand all the meanings behind the poem, I know not that much as others who live in USA. I like this poem, especially "Be right, no turning back"


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