She Walks in Light and Darkness
— an elegy for Sally Ride, 1951-2012
She walks in starlight,
spaceclad now with no need of a suit.
She walks in moonlight,
spirit-feet bare in the floury surface of the craters.
She walks in sunlight,
ribbons of infrared and ultraviolet woven into her hair.
She walks in darkness,
touring the far side of the moon and the spots of the sun.
She walks in spirit where she walked in thought,
and behind her the daughters of tomorrow lift their eyes to the sky.
(Editor’s Note: Dr. Sally Ride, the first U. S. woman in space, died on July 23, 2012. Elizabeth wrote a moving elegiac poem. Reprinted with permission; originally posted in The Wordsmith’s Forge, http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2423717.html)