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The Apollo Horizon

I am not a sanctuary
do not come to me for sanctuary, 
I am a supernova,  the Saturn V rocket
prepared to penetrate the highest blue sky
with a 6.5 million pound payload ride,
my rocket shell steams in idle
while erect in your atmosphere
the liquid oxygen and hydrogen
of my pure propellant power
icing this body of heavenward explosion, 
I am your missile to a new mystery
catapulting you into breathtaking cosmic calamity, 
363 feet is my jolly height
diameter 33 feet of smooth solid girth,
the 2, 700 ton launch pad crawler has crept me
3 heavy miles in five grinding hours
to the isolated launch site
where the fuel lines whisper with cool commitment, 
the ocher orange launch tower
holds my black and white body with firm patience
as NASA ushers it's astronauts up to my command module,
the elevator raises them with a religious rise
to the top of my perfected danger,
as they cross the steel bridge between safety and stardom
their chests tighten with the pulse of unstoppable destiny,
breathing becomes their compass for bravery
they must have faith in me,
they must trust in my fire,
Neil, Edwin, and Michael feel the squeeze of straps and buckles
against the spacesuit vestments tailored for their outer space dare,
the instrument panels press into their senses
prayers remain in their eyes
countdown to the crossroads of oblivion and exploration begins,
10...We the People
9...of the United States of America
8...through the grace of the Almighty Creator hereby today, July 16th, 1969
6...extend our will and genius
5...into the realm of celestial existence better understand
3...the nature of life
2...and to teach ourselves and future children
1...that there is no place that we cannot go


This poem is dedicated to all the Astronauts of Humanity. 
I would like to give special mention to the astronauts of the Apollo 11Lunar Mission,
Neil Armstrong,  Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins
along with Wernher Von Braun the great genius of rocketry. 
The astronauts of Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface
July 20th, 1969 with a global audience viewing the epic achievement
live on television while Neil, so beautifully stated,
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind..."
Also, may the courageous and disciplined American astronauts
of the Apollo 1 Mission, Challenger and Discovery space shuttle tragedies Rest In Peace...
The crew of Apollo 1, Virgil Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee
burned to death inside the command module
during a test on the launch pad, January 27th, 1967.
The Challenger exploded shortly after launching,  January 28th, 1986
with crew Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka,
Judith Resnik, Greg Garvis, and Christa McAuliffe.
On February 1st, 2003 the Columbia shuttle exploded upon reentry
killing the entire crew Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson,
Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon.
They are heros...Justin A. Bordner

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 9/24/2016 11:25:00 PM
Justin, so much heart and soul in this poem. I'm honored to read every line. I love this part of history. You are who you are, one of the best dedications I've ever read. LINDA
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Justin Bordner
Date: 9/25/2016 10:54:00 PM
Heart and soul is the only way I know how to write my sweet Sphinx, and I'm honored by your feelings, and understanding. Strong intellect, and a wakened heart are required to notice, and relate to such things. Space holds many mysteries and beauty, as you do Linda. I am many things known and unknown...J.A.B.
Date: 9/10/2016 12:13:00 AM
I could see it all, Justin. Quite a fascinating piece here, with of course, some immensely beautiful and memorable lines. I like "icing this body of heavenward explosion" and "the elevator raises them with a religious rise to the top of my perfected danger"... pretty cool to read in perspective of the rocket itself. The countdown finale is so so powerful. So well done! Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 9/10/2016 1:50:00 AM
Continued...The sacrifice, bravery, and progress for Humanity that these amazing souls represent is awe inspiring, I needed to honor them, it had to be done, their voices speak from the void Poetess...J.A.B.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 9/10/2016 1:45:00 AM
Becoming the personification of the Saturn V rocket allowed me to encompass everything, and everyone involved in the historic achievement of the Apollo Program, I was enveloped intensely it's inspiration. Speaking through the spirit of the rocket in such a sensual way was so natural and exhilarating for me. Every time I read this poem I become emotional, and amped Laura, its magical...J.A.B.