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20 September 2005 @ 09:26 pm
"My thunder rends the morning sky..."  
When you see this, post a poem in your LJ.

I was going to post Sylvia Plath's "Daddy"-- I love the anger and barely restrained violence in that poem. It's like going over a raw wound each and every time. I decided it was really kind of dark, but I refer it to you anyway.

Instead, the poem from which this LJ takes its name:



In a tower of flame in Capsule Twelve,
I was there.
I know not where they laid my bones,
it could be anywhere,
but when fire and smoke had faded,
the darkness left my sight,
I found my soul in a spaceship's soul
riding home on a trail of light.

For my wings are made of tungsten,
and my flesh is glass and steel,
I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield.
Once upon a lifetime, I died a pioneer,
Now I sing within a spaceship's heart,
Does anybody hear?

My thunder rends the morning sky,
yes, I am here.
The loss to flame when I was man,
now I ride her without fear,
for I am more than man now,
and man built me with pride,
I led the way and I lead the way
to man's future in the sky.

For my wings are made of tungsten,
my flesh of glass and steel,
I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield.
Once upon a lifetime, I died a pioneer,
Now I sing within a spaceship's heart,
Does anybody hear?

-"The Phoenix" by Julia Ecklar, c. 1983


Classes bright and early tomorrow!
-Meredith
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Abyssis: Boomtownabyssinia4077 on September 21st, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh wow that poem is really beautiful.
Is it supposed to be referring to Apollo I or is it just my personal preferences reading Gus Grissom where he isn't actually supposed to be?
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on September 22nd, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's beautiful, too. One of my favorites. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And yes, I think it was written about Apollo I. I've never read anything else by this poet, but I love this piece.
-Meredith
The Pope's T00bruisseau on February 21st, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
You have no idea who I am, but I ran across this post through a Google search during a conversation which involved getting the title of this piece since my husband and I both knew the words. It's a song, you know, sung by Julia Ecklar herself. :)