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Not So Major Tom
Jim Landwehr

Wannabe astronauts
We build a rocket
To the solar summer sky
It is a “green” craft
Recycled from junk
In the alley
We squat
Assembling pyrotechnic joy
Orange juice can
Tuna can - add water
Fuse is lit
Runaway to countdown
It lifts off
And takes us
From earth to heaven

From Written Life (eLectio Publishing, 2015).
Used with the author’s permission.




Jim Landwehr enjoys writing creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. He is the author of a recently published poetry collection and a humorous memoir about 25 years’ worth of travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. When he's not writing or enjoying the great outdoors, Jim works as a geographic information systems analyst  for the Department of Parks and Land Use. Originally from Minnesota, Jim now lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife, Donna, and their children, Sarah and Ben. Learn more about him at and



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Thanks Liz and Jo. Great to hear encouraging words!
Posted 06/28/2015 09:03 PM
Good to see you, Jim! Tight and effective poem - bravo!
Posted 06/28/2015 04:05 PM
Way to go Jim. I can see you assembling, the joy in having it go off. Just sent this to my brother. He'll remember.
Posted 06/28/2015 02:02 PM
Thank you Kevin and Supa. I can remember this situation like it was yesterday. Simple, youthful joy. Thank you for your comments.
Posted 06/28/2015 12:44 PM
Jim gets a lot of work out of the opening paragraph; we're there right with him.
Posted 06/28/2015 09:17 AM
Sweet. I can just see them. I can picture my great grandsons. Terrific.
Posted 06/28/2015 05:58 AM

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