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(For Michael Collins – Astronaut 1930-2021)


The fourth person to spacewalk

And the second

To orbit the moon alone

While fellow crew members

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong

Walked on the lunar surface


Sometimes glory is shared unevenly

But greatness often depends

On those backstage

Silently pulling levers

And watching instruments

Always keeping their nerve


Michael Collins

Born in Rome

A Gemini and Apollo astronaut

Of the United States of America

Who flew the command module

On the first moon landing.



David Subacchi

April 2021

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 6th May 2021 19:10

Indeed. A prime example of "They also serve who sit and wait" - even when it's hundreds of thousands of miles away above
another planet. His exposure to those stresses certainly didn't hinder
his advance towards a venerable age back on Earth.

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Ghazala lari

Thu 6th May 2021 11:53

A tribute worth reading.👍

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David Subacchi

Thu 6th May 2021 11:38

You can find more of my poetry here in WriteOutLoud or simply by searching on line for DAVID SUBACCHI.

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