GOING HOME (A tribute to the Columbia crew)

Far, far above in a bright Texas sky,
Streaking toward home at a speed so high,
With loved ones waiting just minutes away,
Our work is done, we're going home today.

We've traveled far with knowledge our quest.
How could we have known or even guessed?
We've circled the earth and given our best,
But soon we'll face our final test.

Pushing the limits of time and space,
We all know it's a risky race.
We've gone far above the mountain peak,
Living a dream that few dare seek.

And now we've seen the other side,
A longer trip but what a ride.
With loved ones waiting just minutes away,
Our work is done, we're going home today.

Copyright © 2003 Paul W. Smith