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NASA Tragedy

Ode For Kalpana

The US Ambassador, who also taught poetry at university, pays homage to the Indian-American astronaut who died tragically in the Columbia space shuttle crash.

Ode For Kalpana
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Ode For Kalpana
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With years as first in her class
She knew the fears --
That if you ask too much of it
Metal shrieks, tears,
Falls apart in pieces.
A technical fact to her.
All the world to us.
Fire consumes a nation's heart.

This Karnal girl sought the skies.
Space shuttles whispered in her ear
And she answered head to feet.
We keep her smile in that last video.
Like Seneca, she thought
"The whole universe is my native land."
Now more than ever, dear one.
We weep.

The writer, who has taught poetry at university, is US Ambassador to India.

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