I've been avidly following his year. I've read the tweets, watched the videos, and marveled at a life lived in space. It's been bittersweet for me, as at every turn I was reminded of my father, who would have loved following and sharing this. I know he would have watched Kelly's departure from the space station and return to Earth as eagerly as I did.
So, my poems for this month's writing challenge are all about space. Before I share them, here's a bit of information about the form.
The sedoka is a Japanese poetic form that is an unrhymed poem made up of a pair of katuata. A katuata is a three-line poem with the syllable count of 5 / 7 / 7. Generally a sedoka addresses the same subject from different perspectives.
From Armstrong to Kelly
on a black and white tv
we watched Armstrong touch the moon
Astronaut in space
tweets views while orbiting Earth
one year inside a spacecraft
(Note - I was nearly 4 when Armstrong walked on the moon. The moon landing was the first space event I remember watching with my family.)
Well beyond our reach
orbiting above he watched
sixteen sunrises a day
Here below we kept
time, one sunrise and sunset
each day, hurtling through space
Challenger was gone
before our eyes ... exploded
shattering the dreams we held
From space a tiny
saw stars added to the sky
Poems ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2016. All rights reserved.
You can check out some of Scott Kelly's photos at National Geographic, or on his Twitter feed @StationCDRKelly. You may also want to check out this brief video.
You can read the sedoka written by my Poetry Seven compatriots at the links below.
Sara Lewis Holmes
Laura Purdie Salas
Liz Garton Scanlon
Before I link you to the round up, here are a few photos (scanned from my father's slides) from our visit to Cape Canaveral in 1970.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Linda at Teacher Dance. Happy poetry Friday friends!