The Weight of Silence

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The Crushing Weight of Silence


Bruce McCandless (1937-2017) 

First Man To Fly Untethered In Space


Grossly overtrained he said, 

not nervous as he rose

out of the shuttle’s cargo bay,

tethered only to jet pack,

eager to fly, 

the whole of planet earth

on one side, infinite black void

on the other. 

At his farthest point,

he is a small figure, 

cold, teeth chattering,

not that peaceful


nervous banter on three radio channels,

stay away from the engines,

when’s my turn?

astronauts engineered to know,


afraid to be afraid,

no language, beautiful, 

for the terrifying proximity to god, 

the crushing weight 

of silence.



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