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.
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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