Poems of the Week

Already Framed

by Dan Campion

“I said ‘Hey, Houston, I’ve got the world in my window.’”
Michael Collins, Astronaut

“I love a window. . . . The whole of life already framed. Right there.”
Maude Lewis, Folk Artist

When Michael Collins orbited
Above Tranquility
It seems he felt unlimited,
Like Maudie: Whole. Calm. Free.

With Neil and Buzz encamped below,
Mike Collins ruled the sky.
He saw, in thumbnail size, a glow:
Our whole world flitting by.

He took up painting later on,
Got tranquil scenes just so.
The light is right, and then is gone.
A window’s opened, though.