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A Tribute to Neil Alden Armstrong

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A Tribute to Neil Alden Armstrong

The end of an era has come and gone  
Right before our eyes;
With the man who first stepped on the moon 
Having said his last goodbyes.
While tens of thousands of engineers, 
Scientists and lovers of space
Helped lift him up and get him there,
No one else can take his place.  
From his childhood to the final countdown; 
Separation to “The Eagle has landed,”
There was something unique about Neil Armstrong 
Who never once felt lost or stranded.
While planting America’s Stars and Stripes
And walking in lunar dust,
Not hardly for himself alone 
But for every one of us.  
Seemingly, so long ago
But then again, not long at all;
America never felt so good
And we all walked ten feet tall.
When Neil returned 
The fires burned inside our homes and hearts;
As the promise of a new age dawned            
We believed in a brand new start.  
From earth to sky we’d learned to fly    
And Neil Armstrong took us there;
First of his kind to sail through time 
And walk where no one else dared.
The end of an era has come at last 
As time and history march on;
And some men’s marks are made to last 
Not least of all, Neil Armstrong’s.  

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  1. Date: 9/7/2012 5:47:00 PM

    I wish he could read this Terry, I'm sure he would be amazed that so many revere him for the bravery and daring that urged him to perform that amazing feat. It was a different world back then and it all seems so innocent compared to what goes on today. Your poem just made me reflect on how it was then - I was at a "moon" party that night and we were latched to the TV. An amazing account of that time you have written!

  1. Date: 9/2/2012 10:28:00 AM

    Certainly no mean feat, as is your poem. Great rhyming throughout, as ever. Well done, Terry. :)

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 12:43:00 PM

    what a GREAT tribute to a great man. I was 14 when the Moon walk happened and I stopped inside a Sears Dept. store to watch it on one of their TV's for sale there. (I think I saw it in color but maybe it was black and white) How about you?

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 7:14:00 AM

    a brilliant tribute to a very brave man. i love the way you brought me back to all the hope and promise of those years - great poem! (love the rhyme, too!)

    Martin Avatar Terrell Martin Date: 8/31/2012 8:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Ilene. Glad you approve but sad to think that young Americans today have no memory of those days.
  1. Date: 8/31/2012 5:56:00 AM

    He was a brave man, we will never forget. Lovely tribute to a hero. Have a nice weekend. oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Martin Avatar Terrell Martin Date: 8/31/2012 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Ann-Lise. I very much appreciate you being the first to comment on this one. He was truely one of a kind. Take care, Terry