what did you think of, Christa

what did you think of, Christa, as you waited
        waited for liftoff,
and the last fourth of July?
while a roman candle lay dormant at your back
        preparing to blaze into roaring,
pulling power
were your last thoughts of the class
you would teach?
        of your husband, parents, children,
standing somewhere
                on the Florida base?
were your last thoughts of glory as you were lifted
                to inspect the heavens?
or were your last thoughts of death --
nine miles down?
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