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Edward Hujsak


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You said you were forty
when I first phoned you.
But I was lonely
and forty sounded
not so bad,
all things considered.
On our first date
I showed you rockets -
firing.
You were frightened
and dove for the shelter
of my arms.
Later we drove to Pat’s
for hot dogs and drinks,
and when I kissed you the first time,
ahhh! on boysenberry-wetted lips!

From Scattershot, A Collection of Unrelated Poems (Mina-Helwig, 2009).
Used here 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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DavidV:
Engineers make the best poets, you know. So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hujsak's untimely passing.
Posted 02/13/2011 11:07 AM
Joan L. Cannon:
Inspiring.
Posted 02/12/2011 12:07 PM
dotief@comcast.net:
This poem is especially poignant given the sad news of Joy's passing. It is a most lovely tribute.
Posted 02/12/2011 07:40 AM


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