Sunday, October 21, 2012

Skyfall (for Felix Baumgartner)

Look at me
I am the extraordinary
experiment
plummeting to the teat
of Mother Earth

I am no ordinary Icarus
with my exquisitely practiced
Swan dive
(the lone bird of the stratosphere)
in what is to be the ultimate human
    freefall

I rise in my specially harnessed balloon pod, unafraid
though I may burst into flames
There's a good chance that my space helmet will be
the sole souvenir of this stunt
Yet when I fall like a devil
daring to return where it once had been spurned
there is only silence

Who would have thought that the speed of sound
Sounded so much like silence?