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Life After Death

I should have died
But I live

He should have lived
But He died

He should be dead
But He lives

Life has swallowed death
Darkness silenced by the Light
Wholeness comes from the empty
And blessing through the cures

I should be rejected
But I’m loved
He should have reigned
But He served

(From my notebook | 4.9.23)

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Drifting Comfortably

Drifting comfortably
Not a care in the world
Not even in the world

Weightless, worry-less
Basking in the earth-light
Rotating, revolving
Everything is alright

White speck, white star
One man can only go so far
Further up and further in
Soon he’ll walk the earth again

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.

Title: Backpacking

Full Description: Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II ventured further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut ever has. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. The MMU is controlled by joy sticks positioned at the end of the arm rests. Moving the joy sticks left or right or by pulling them fires nitrogen jet thrusters propelling McCandless in any direction he chooses. A still camera is mounted on the upper right portion of the MMU. This stunning view shows McCandless with the MMU out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.

Image Number: SPD-GRIN-GPN-2000-00 1156

Date: February 7, 1984


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Across the Moonscape

How far we’ve come!
How much we’ve seen!
To imagine this is a place
Where humanity has been!

It’s almost too much
I can hardly believe
That the moon was a goal
We could really achieve

Infinite God
Finite space
Viewing Earth
Across the moonscape

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.

Title: First View of Earth from Moon

Description: The world’s first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking station at Robledo De Chavela near Madrid, Spain. This crescent of the Earth was photographed August 23, 1966 at 16:35 GMT when the spacecraft was on its 16th orbit and just about to pass behind the Moon.

Image Number: SPD-SLRSY-1757

Date: August 23, 1966


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Blast Off/Blown Apart

NASA Rocket Launch
Blasting off into something new
Blown apart before our dreams came true

Facing our fear of uncertainty
With the force of exit velocity

All that remains are fragments
Dreams now past
All that survives is a remnant
Hope for space at last

This is part of my “Inspired by Space” Series.

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Title: CONTOUR Launch

NASA’s Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) launched on a Boeing Delta II rocket on July 3, 2002 from Cape Canaveral. The probe was lost after it ignited its solid rocket engine take it out of Earth’s orbit and put it on a heliocentric trajectory. After the firing, no contact could be made with the probe. Telescopic surveys found three objects near the expected position of CONTOUR, leading scientists to believe that these objects were parts of the craft. CONTOUR was designed to make close fly-bys of at least two comet nuclei.

Image Number: KSC-02PP-1124

Date: July 3, 2002

Source: NASA Commons

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Showing My Work #1: Outline

In 2010, I was laid off from my job as a Geography teacher with the East St. Louis Public School District. That week, I started writing a book that I entitled Something I’m Writing. I’ll explain the title for now, but for now, I thought I’d just show you the outline I’m going to be working from. I have abandoned much of what I initially wrote, so this will be, in essence, a whole new book.

From the outline you’ll see that I aim to answer a series of questions about my writing. We’ll see if I’m able hit my target in the coming weeks.