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Kiss of the Eagle

Blog Posted:7/20/2019 7:35:00 AM

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, here’s a poem I wrote shortly after Neil Armstrong died. 

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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Date: 7/22/2019 1:22:00 AM
Wonderful poem Roy, thanks for sharing it with us all. What a moment of triumph and optimism it must have been.Maybe we have a mars landing to come!
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Date: 7/21/2019 6:34:00 AM
Bravo Roy. Excellent piece.
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Date: 7/21/2019 1:33:00 AM
Wonderful tribute to one of my first childhood "heroes", (along with guys like Alan Shepard, Chuck Yeager, Crossfield, White, Glenn, Lovell, Haise, Aldrin, etc.) ... they were ALL larger than life for me, and until Star Trek TOS, the only riders to the stars. I remember being at our camp on the lake watching late one July eve as Neil took his first steps, (I was 11 and allowed to stay up that night), and being in my 6th grade class watching for the three striped parachutes to return Apollo 13 safely back to earth ... two moments when all of humanity took a collective gasp of breath. I have missed that kind of event, but perhaps we'll be back to the moon soon, I pray, and we'll feel it again.
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Date: 7/20/2019 7:47:00 PM
This is one of the best poems I have seen written on this topic, Roy. Very nice tribute. This is a day many of us who lived it will never forget . RIght up there with Kennedy's assassination and 9.11. We will always remember where we were when those things happened.
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Date: 7/20/2019 5:02:00 PM
A fantastic tribute to an amazing man, today we have been to a 2 hour talk/ film on the moon landing, my son was fascinated and thoroughly enjoyed it, one of the speakers had met Buzz Aldrin and we discovered Neil Armstrong had visited our little Island several times:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/20/2019 1:14:00 PM
Beautiful tribute Roy, space exploration has always facinated me. Remember getting up on July 20th to watch the historic event on our black and white TV. Tom.
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