Buzz Aldrin’s Travel Voucher

On July 30th, Col. Edwin “Buzz” Adrin’s shared on his facebook page the travel voucher he submitted after returning from the Moon in 1969.  That mundane artifact of bureaucracy prompted this poem:

BUZZ ALDRIN’S TRAVEL VOUCHER

Buzz Aldrin’s travel voucher
is proof that no matter
what great steps Man may take,
fly to the Moon and back,
bureaucracy looms,
constant as the tides,
demanding the required forms
and a detailed account of one’s time,
to be submitted without excuses
of delay due to accolades and parades,
because the government’s check
must be issued before any of our missions
can be considered complete.
Aldrins travel voucherAdrin travel voucher page 2

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