Christa

did you dream of space while teaching slavery and civil rights
	to unwilling high school students?
did you want to see the earth from orbit when they picked you,
	first teacher to ride the shuttle?
lifting off from Cape Canaveral, just a step away...
	but you never made it, never got beyond the blue
		only nine miles up, not close enough
to touch the cool black starry face of God.

** My book of poetry is now available at amazon: http://amzn.to/1aoT3T6 **

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