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Kiss of the Eagle

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This poem was inspired by Neil Armstrong's death a while back. The moon landing is metaphorically depicted as a romantic kiss.
There are also some astronomical metaphors.
In the first line "who only saw your face" refers to the fact that the moon always shows the same face to the earth because its rotational period is equal to its orbital period, i.e. it is "locked", typical to many moons and small planets like Mercury.
All the Moon's phases are listed in the 3rd line. Interestingly, listed this way, they are perfect iambic feet.
The "tranquil sea" in the second stanza is a metaphor for undisturbed space, but it also refers to the actual landing site, the Sea of Tranquility.
The "ravaged face" in the next line refers to the many meteor craters on the moon's surface.
The "powdered veil" in the next line refers to the layer of moon dust covering the moon's surface. They didn't actually know how deep the dust layer was and there was some fear that the lunar module would not be able to land if it was too deep.
"Luna's jealous grip" refers to the Moon's gravitational field.
The "kiss" is the soft landing itself, naturally.


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Kiss of the Eagle

Many eons passed on Earth, who only saw your face
Untouched your virgin body, floating there in space
Waxing, waning, gibbous, crescent, quarter, full and new
Selene the Greeks would call you; Diana, Caesar knew

Who would brave the ether, who would cross the void
To agitate the tranquil sea you had so long enjoyed
To softly kiss your ravaged face and return to tell the tale
Of Luna's hidden secrets beneath her powdered veil?

Three heroes took the final quest aboard their fiery steed
In Apollo's silver chariot proceeding with godspeed
Three days and nights they voyaged to their opalescent goal
On Earth they watched and worried in the halls of ground control

One held the craft outside the reach of Luna's jealous grip
While Eagle's talons cradled two who risked the final trip
They timidly approached her through the shadowy abyss
Luna waited patiently and received the Eagle's kiss

Nations watched and cheered on Terra's distant shore
As one man finally took a step no one ever took before
In our hearts and in our minds his words will be enshrined
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

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  1. Date: 2/23/2014 6:47:00 PM
    awesome poem, Roy. Congratulations on your big win. hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 2/23/2014 11:35:00 AM
    Whoa! Excellent work! Congratulations on your win! Much deserved.

  1. Date: 2/23/2014 10:18:00 AM
    Masterful Roy, you brought back vivid memories!

  1. Date: 2/23/2014 7:51:00 AM
    a historical delight, roy.. cheers to you for a top win!.. huggs

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 9:13:00 PM
    Whoever was alive at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing. Nice descriptiveness about the Apollo 11 mission and the three brave astronauts who made the flight.

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 8:01:00 PM
    Congratulations Roy. Well done. SKAT

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 5:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win...a wonderful read, it take you there... cheers Huberta

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 5:48:00 PM
    Roy congratulations on your well deserve win. Perfect meter and fantastic rhyming and metaphors. I enjoyed the note "About Your poem". Outstanding write my friend. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 9:33:00 AM
    Such a great poem, dedicated to the Space programs of the past, so truly enjoyed the metaphoric take on 'the moon's face, ' and many ways you made this poem magical. Great too, to read your "about this poem" explanation, from where your inspiration arose. Well done, Roy!!!

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 9:17:00 AM
    You possess a magical pen and I am in awe of your mastery. Congratulations Roy!

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 6:22:00 AM
    words fail me Roy as I try to exalt your wondrous pen stupendous, fantastic and exquisite come to mind yet barely scratch the surface one for fav's to be savored time and again congrats on well deserved win hugs

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 2/22/2014 8:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow! This one is actually one of the first poems I wrote on Poetry Soup, inspired by Neil Armstrong's death, recent at the time.
  1. Date: 2/22/2014 3:25:00 AM
    Enjoyed the write on Space and Time and congrats on the win, Roy

  1. Date: 2/22/2014 3:10:00 AM
    Brilliant Roy... Congratulations on the win... Verlena

  1. Date: 1/25/2014 12:26:00 AM
    Roy, too bad the rating only goes to seven. I'd give it 10+. This is one of the best poems I've seen on the Soup. Solid rhyme and meter--nothing contrived in the least. I was lucky to be at the launch of Apollo 15 and tracked several other missions via telescope. Met four of the men themselves.

    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson
    Date: 1/25/2014 12:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Great notes in about this poem. I had missed the double meaning for the Sea of Tranquility. I'm saddened by the loss of these astronauts and that when deeper space exploration served its political ends, the effort was abandoned. The Saturn V blueprints have been lost, and no one even knows how to build one now. Such a waste.
  1. Date: 6/16/2013 5:45:00 PM
    Roy, How are you this lovely evening? :-) Congratulations with having your awesome poem featured on the soups home page.... sending hugs. Hope you are enjoying this day with your family. always & forever *LINDA

  1. Date: 12/17/2012 10:16:00 AM
    Congratulations Roy; It was a pleasuew to read this poem. Thanks for sharing with us. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 3:37:00 PM
    A most excellent write and a great quote to use! Congrad's on your win. Happy hoildays. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 9:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Roy.:-)

  1. Date: 12/11/2012 4:38:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning spot Roy , well desreved xx

  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:16:00 PM
    Roy, Congratulations with your winning poem... always~PD

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