saturday, february 1

it shames me that the first thing i thought
when i heard "has lost contact with the space shuttle columbia" was

nail in the coffin

maybe that came thirty years ago
i know NASA has done good work
since somebody decided the moon was far enough
but the stars are still there
and we aren't getting any closer to them

i know it costs

sometimes it costs fireballs in the sky
scattered wreckage
and somebody's kids,
outside the reach of things like
our sympathies are with the families of the brave men and women
knowing a hell of a lot of pain and confusion

what's it buying?