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Edward Hujsak


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Gather all your memories
inside your circled arms
and clasped hands.
Be still and breathe deeply.
Gaze down and place
them all in order.
Let times of joy
and exhilaration
rise to the top.
Make room
for days of grief
and make a special place
for when you reached out
and helped another.
Let darker memories
sink to the bottom,
hidden in haze.
An expiation,
each soul owes to itself.
 
© by Ed Hujsak.
Used with the author’s permission.
 
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Edward Hujsak is a rocket engineer turned writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of fine furniture and musical instruments. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Edward worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn’s famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. Edward is the author of seven published books and has written commentaries for a variety of journals and magazines, including Spaceflight, Space News, Machine Design, San Diego Reader and MAKE magazine. He lives in La Jolla, California.

 


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transitions:
an inspired poem; loved the last line, so poignant yet powerful. Thank you ~ Judy
Posted 11/24/2012 11:45 AM
erinsnana:
I love this sweet poem.
Posted 11/24/2012 11:28 AM
r1manchester:
the last five lines of this poem, regardless of the theological tone, are so very poignant, sometimes so hard to obtain. one can only hope that one's charitable works/kindnesses are greater than the misdeeds of life. a very good, thought-provoking poem.
Posted 11/24/2012 09:54 AM
KevinArnold:
Oh, yes, don't be around the bush, say it. Fine work.
Posted 11/24/2012 06:55 AM
vscholtz:
Thanks for one more contribution to the uplifting of humankind.
Posted 11/24/2012 05:47 AM


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