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Edward Hujsak


Now in our countdown years
the consequences of our actions
can be weighed.
The measure of a person's candor
is revealed, writing one's
own obituary.
It says nothing of wrong turns,
what might have been.
Nor does it aver to having
lived a road to redemption.
In the best of circumstances
the text would read:
We did no harm, or tried not to.
We tried to do good.
We had many friends
and spent our days productively.
We apportioned time
to relax and play.
We loved someone dearly.

From Scattershot, A Collection of Unrelated Poems (Mina-Helwig, 2009).
Used here with the author's permission.

Edward Hujsak (1925 - 2018) was born in New Hampshire to a Polish farming family. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Ed worked on propulsion systems at General Dynamics during development of the Atlas and Centaur rockets. He was propulsion engineer on John Glenn's famous orbital flight and served as chief of preliminary design at General Dynamics Astronautics Division for ten years, accumulating more than a dozen patents in the aerospace field. In addition to his numerous engineering achievements, Ed was a writer, artist, sculptor, and builder of furniture and musical instruments. In his spare time, Ed made more than 2000 wooden birds, dogs, and race cars for the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, which distributes them to sick and needy children.


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The last line definitely hit home and brought tears to my eyes. Crazy how four words can hold so much unsaid meaning.
Posted 12/04/2023 12:06 AM
Beautiful!!! Very meaningful and it speaks eloquent truth...
Posted 10/22/2011 04:49 PM
simple but powerful
Posted 10/22/2011 09:43 AM
The last line really hits hard! Wonderful!
Posted 10/22/2011 08:46 AM

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