Five days ago I posted a poem I’d written for my daughter who was born on the fifth anniversary of the Challenger’s explosion on take-off. These are the lyrics to a song I wrote on the day the Columbia broke apart on re-entry.
My notes on the lyric sheet: Begun on the way home from work as I was sure we would enter into an Iraq war. Finished as I sat stunned with the news of the Columbia Shuttle.
Waiting for the Fall – Eve of War
Driving home on the eve of war, can’t see far ahead
The rain it falls in sheets and blankets us, I long for home and bed
Are we right or merely righteous? How and who decides?
Will our leaders lead us into battle or stay on the sidelines?
Waiting for the fall to come, but not the season’s change
Just like it came to Rome, collapsing under strain
I awoke to hear the news, seven more are lost
They were living all our dreams, I can count the human cost
“Would they do it all again?” you ask. I can almost see them nod
For the chance to break these bonds and touch the face of God?
Waiting for the fall to come, just like it came to Rome
Prayin’ that the angels are coming to carry them all home
Everyday now, I hear the words. They say the end is near
But all we have, all of us, is one day in one year
Waiting for the fall to come is such a waste of time
Utilize the everydays, to do not is a crime
February 3rd, 2003