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A Poem Recited by Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman


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December 29, 2001

Recited by Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman
prior to re-entry of the Space Shuttle - Discovery
April 1985

You cannot stay on the summit forever.
You have to come down again.
So why bother in the first place?
Just this -
What is above knows what is below -
But what is below does not know what is above.
One climbs,
One sees,
One descends,
One sees no longer.
But, One has Seen.
There is an art of conducting oneself
in the lower regions by the memory
of what One saw higher up.
When One can no longer see,
One can at least still Know.

Submitted by T. Ron Davis - Redmond, WA USA

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