Thursday, July 16, 2009


Susanna Speier, writer and performance artist extraordinaire, contacted me about writing some Politiku for a Huffington post piece. It's like Haiku, but, um, political in nature (clever, eh?). This week's theme is Apollo 11. I found the idea charming, challenging and weird, so of course I tried it. Results follow, for your amusement or disdain.

Apollo 11

Selene lights the night
Aiming left, mid-course boost
Soon we’ll be embraced

Eagle descending
1202 alarm- trouble
But we continue

Long night in the LM
Sleeping in my pressure suit
I can smell the moon

Reentry over
Bobbing in the warm ocean
The air smells so sweet

Fifty pounds of rocks
Proof we went, proof we conquered
A bit of the moon

Release your inner critic and praise or savage me below.

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Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.

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