Fifty years ago a young girl watched with fascination, on the state of the art 19 inch TV, when a man walked on the moon. She thought it was a fantastic birthday present. She still believes that years later:) Here’s a poem from “No Fairy Tale” honoring that day when man imprinted his presences on that glowing globe and a young girl’s imagination soared.
MOONWALK: JULY 20, 1969
The night loved me.
It was mutual.
The moon—especially the moon.
In perfect silence,
As the huge
Its familiar glow
So far away.
All things were possible,
And just as impossible.
So, no surprise on my seventh birthday
When I watched and heard,
“That’s one small step for man,
One giant leap for mankind.”
The astronaut Neil Armstrong,
The spaceship Eagle,
The Sea of Tranquility
Were my gift.
That gentle, glowing face,
Swelling each month
So I can see its full magnificence,
Hasn’t forgotten me
Or the day
When man first encroached
On the moon and our innocence.
The moon still watches me,
I remember to look.
Embrace your inner child by moon gazing this summer! D.L. Finn
43 thoughts on “Fifty years ago…one small step”
Thank you, John:)
I think it’s so cool that the moon landing happened on your birthday, Denise. What an amazing event to honor your special day.
Loved the poem and the photos. So special!
Thank you, Mae:) I was very cool to sit next to my grandma and watch it happen and then have another celebration later that day.
Amazing. What an event. It’ll be interesting to see what the US does with a Space Force.
It was an amazing event, Jacqui. I hope something that pulls us all together again like that moment in history:)
What a great gift for your Birthday, Denise. I hope we’re able to recover the spirit of national unity that made the Lunar Landing possible.
It was a fantastic gift, Rob. I am with you and hope the very same thing.
How terrific, Denise. You’ve brought this the memory of this event into perspective with personal memory, making it *feel* as important as it is. Your photos remind me of myself at that age. Hugs on the wing!
Thanks, Teagan:) Glad I could make you feel that small girl’s excitement! I have some interesting “Bang cut” pictures from then, too…lol. Hugs on the wing right back to you.
What a memorable day, penned beautifully Denise! Happy Birthday and cheers to many more.
Thank you Balroop:) It always reminds of all the possibilities I felt in that moment.
Wow, you have the whole world celebrating your birthday, that’s great. Lovely poem, Denise. What a memorable day for you!
Lol…thanks, Miriam:) It certainly was a memorable day and still is.
I’m glad it happened, Denise.
Me too! I’m ready for another similar event!
Great, Denise. Happy birthday!
A beautiful tribute to such an incredible historic event, Denise!
Thank you Jan. Its one of those memories thats crystal clear.
A lovely way to commemorate this day and your birthday.
Thank you Robbie. It was a cool moment that has stuck with me:)
Hi, Denise! It must have been a thrilling experience to view this historic event, to be there when it happened. Your poem is lovely and resonates the excitement and awe of the moment experienced by that little girl. <3 I hope you had an amazing birthday weekend!
Thanks Vashti. Had a wonderful weekend. Went 4 wheeling ( via Son in law) to a lake and enjoyed a peaceful day using a pink fishing pole.. Next day headed to another lake and swam:)
It was an event I can still see happen so clearly and I’ll never forget the date!
Lovely poem, Denise. And a belated Happy Birthday! I remember the moon landing. We were visiting with my grandparents in Alabama at the time. Special memories.
Thank you Joan:) Yes so very special!
So beautiful, DL. What a gorgeous, mystical poem. And how special that the landing was just for the 7-yr-old you. Cute pics too. 🙂
Thanks:) It was such a special moment that I can see so clearly still. Glad you enjoyed the poem and those old time pics!
Watching the moon landing must have been quite something, Denise. Even looking up at the moon today, it’s hard to imagine that human feet have stepped on its surface. Thank you for sharing, the poetry, as always, was excellent!
It was an amazing event to watch. I can still see it so clearly in my mind. Yes I agree looking up at the moon and thinking humans have walked there is mind blowing. Happy you enjoyed my reflection on it!
Awesome all around, Denise! Love the poem and photos too! <3
Thank you, Bette:)
So much serenity in these words! I especially liked how you ended it!
Thank you, Jina:) I’m glad you liked it. It was a day I’ll never forget.
Wonderful poem, Denise! And a fitting honor for the anniversary of the moon landing.
Thank you, Julie:) It was quite a birthday gift!
Darn it. I’m not getting notified of your blogs again. (Sigh. Grumble, grumble.)
Love this, Denise. Now, back to my WP Reader to figure out what the problem is. Sorry.
It happens to me with the same people too. I just noticed recently Story Empire wasn’t showing up in my emails. Boo.
This is awesome. A great way to acknowledge two great ‘Happenings’ on the same day. Your day of birth and a moonwalk!
Thanks, Gina:) It was a moment that I’ll never forget!
That was lovely. Happy to have found it. I sort of remember that night. I too was sitting in front of a fancy TV. Complete with record player on top. 🙂
That certainly was fancy with a record player, too! Happy you found your way here. This is a moment to hang on to.