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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sweet dreams in space

Myth is the public dream, and dream is the private myth. - Joseph Campbell

Today's post begins with a quote from Reuters writer Irene Klotz' article headlined "Shuttle soars toward space station," about last night's successful launch of STS-116.
"You've got a lot of smiling faces up here," Discovery commander Mark Polansky radioed to Mission Control in Houston as the shuttle slipped into orbit.
In their first four hours in space, the astronauts ran through a checklist of tasks, including opening the cargo bay doors and testing the shuttle's robotic arm, before going to sleep.
"Sweet dreams in space," astronaut Megan McArthur at Mission Control in Houston told the Discovery crew.

Megan McArthur's benediction inspired my poem:

Sweet Dreams in Space
Out of night and a fiery plume the little crew streaks skyward.

A world goes along, holding breath, not talking, nonverbal.

We are speechless in the face of the power and promise

Of soaring around and around in a black and white missle.

Vicarious astronauts look to poets to be descriptive wordsmiths.

Imagine a real dream where you space walk - a journey mythic.

What can one say? Is verse sufficient to describe an ion stream,

Or odyssey's men and women asleep as their hammocks careen?

"Sweet dreams in space," Megan soothes as she tucks you in.

We join her. We hope you rest well after launch noise and din.

We'll all be quiet and let you sleep. Now get down to dreaming,

As your missile fired chariot circles blue earth's orbital arena.

Copyright by Carol Gee, December 10, 2006
My topical post today at South by Southwest is about NASA.

My "creative post" today is a cross post of this poem at Southwest Blogger.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
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  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
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  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
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  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.