When the red haired man came to office
gave us challenges.
challenged the Soviets in Cuba.
challenged his citizens.
challenged us in a race to the moon.
started with Sputnik.
we started our own with animals and, finally, people.
made great headway
modules slowly developed
Gemini became Apollo
race continued onward.
into the future.
was selected for the mission.
rockets blasted off.
stepped onto new soil.
One small step
And a giant leap
flag was planted and footprints preserved.
quietness of space was different
the chaos at home.
that chaos never disturb the silent peace of space.
of shouting from the mountaintops like the sun wanted,
quietly looked in awe at the fragile beauty of the earth.
the red-haired man’s dreams could come true,
bullet from the books