was bonkers over galaxies and that,
he liked to
stand and stare up at the sky,
asked him just what he was looking at,
and say: "I reckon I could fly!"
He made a
sort of set of wings from sheets off someone's bed,
right off that bridge on Coody's Creek,
two feet of
water saved him, or he might have wound up dead,
on a crutch for near a week.
We all went
to the football field, his rocket set to go,
it out of fireworks and stuff,
going up the thing exploded - what a show!
lost two fingers, that was rough.
hovercraft he built just never got up off the ground,
saucer stayed on earth as well,
try at a jet plane almost broke the speed of sound,
just like the other ones, it fell.
He tried to
break the stratospheric record for a flight,
businessman had sponsored his balloon,
our Billy waited and then took off in the night,
he told us
he was aiming for the moon.
for NASA, did the training, learned the ropes,
simulators Billy was an ace,
astronaut, and had the highest hopes
soon would head for outer space.
headlines told the tragic news - some accident bizarre,
an error in
the fuel telemetry,
Billy-Bob is out there somewhere, sitting on a star,
place that he was born to be.