Fourteen seconds till
Thirteen, the mission to make history.
Two years preparation waiting for
Twelve, a miracle of engineering and
Three hours of checklists
Eleven, with the emblem of the eagle
Four minutes later: outside the bounds of our horizon.
Ten emblazoned on every jumpsuit and
Five, set to be higher than ever before
Nine bolts keeping the stages from buckling
Six astronauts tied to a firecracker
Eight, the curtain drawn for