Monday, August 27, 2012

On Chariots of Fire

there was a time
we roared to the heavens on fire
and reached for another world
on a voyage of mythological proportions

slipping the bounds of Mother Earth
we leapt far enough
and saw ourselves for the first time
“My God!” we cried

we landed our vessels
and left footprints on an alien world
our ambitions were clear
as we sought new destinations

but the burdens of our world
held down the triumphs we had
the decades
they came and went

but the words echoed through time
that one small step!
that giant leap!
kept the dream alive

poised for flight
we dare once again
to reach for the heavens
on chariots of fire

Written by Xuan Yang Koh on Sunday, 26 August 2012, and this is dedicated to Neil A. Armstrong (1930 - 2012) and the Apollo Program.