Down To Earth
All those magnificent men in their flying machines
of flapping wings
(they went too close to the sun and burned)
or canvas framed
(they barely left the ground with a hop skip and jump)
to begin with.
But soon they were followed by variations on balloons
with hot air
Then came the airplanes
Then the earthly atmosphere became too tame for them,
ready for breeching in their search for more space
they launched their whooshing rockets.
But in the end they’ll all be back
down to earth.
Gravity will ground them.