Friday, August 31, 2012

Poetry Friday--Remembering Neil Armstrong


I am old enough to remember sitting in front of the television at my parents' home with half the people of the world simultaneously watching the moon landing from their homes. These shared experiences are not nearly as common in the era of personal electronic devices.

Neil Armtrong belonged to another time, one in which we shared common experiences and common goals, sadly, both Neil Armstong, and that America, appear to be gone. The implication that Armstrong "appears to be gone" and is not really gone, comes from an idea I have that he is now among the stars. Unfortunately, if NASA loses funding, continuing the spirit and legacy of Armstrong may be an impossibility.

Sylvia is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up today at Poetry for Children. Have a happy Labor Day weekend.

Please note: if you click on the image above, it will open larger in another screen for easier reading.

Photo courtesy ESA/NASA; manipulated by Diane Mayr.


7 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

I remember, too. It was amazing to watch & imagine. Thank you.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Like you and Linda, I remember watching this as well...and even today those stills and movies of that long ago event give me goosebumps. He was an inspiration.

Diane Mayr said...

And then there's that iconic photo of the footstep left in the moondust.

Mary Lee said...

I share your sadness about the passing of this time in America's history...

Violet N. said...

I remember the first moon-walk too...

Love the Yeats poem you quote.

Diane Mayr said...

This whole time of political idiocy makes it even worse to remember what was and what might have been.

Violet, the Yeats poem just jumped out at me!

Short Poems said...

Beautifully written, love it :)