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Friday, July 20, 2018

Poetry Friday--Look Up!

Look up tonight because it is the anniversary of the first moon landing. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the Apollo spacecraft 11 and made their famous leap. The landing was watched world-wide and is reported to have been seen by 530 million people as it happened!

A mere seven years later, on this very day, the unmanned Viking 1 landed on Mars. So, look up to get a look at Mars, too! Space.com has this to say about Mars:
Mars owns the summer sky of 2018! Without a question of doubt, this is indeed the "Summer of Mars."
Let's celebrate these two space anniversaries with poems from Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian [J 811.54 FLO]:

the moon

A NEW moon isn't really new,
It's merely somewhat dark to view.

A CRESCENT moon may seem to smile,
Gladly back after a while.

A HALF moon is half dark, half light.
At sunset look due south to sight.

A FULL moon is a sight to see,
Circular in geometry.

After full, the moon will wane
Night by night, then start again.


Mars is red,
And Mars is rusty,
Sandy, rocky,
Very dusty.
Mars has ice caps.
Once had streams.
Mars has Martians...
In your dreams!

The Poetry Friday Round-Up this week will be found at My Juicy Little Universe!


  1. What a lovely little pair of poems to go with this double anniversary. I'm too young to remember the moon landing but grew up on tales of my family going next door to watch it on television (we had no tv) and of my mum taking all six of us children into the city to wave to the astronauts when they visited Australia.

    1. The moon landing was one of those memories that my whole generation, and parents and grandparents, shared.

  2. I love both of these poems Diane, especially "the moon," and the clever descriptive phases Douglas Florian fit in. And what a grand Moon Art image he created too–thanks for the informative celestial link too–happy viewing!

    1. I find the moon illustration quite evocative and I especially like the one eye!

  3. Thanks for sharing Douglas Florian with the wider world! Have you seen his new collection of friendship poems?

    1. No, I haven't! Thanks for the recommendation, Mary Lee.

    2. I just wrote up a card for it: Friends and Foes: Poems about Us All.

  4. Fun fun fun! I did gaze up at the very striking moon last night while out with friends, without realizing why it felt celebratory. Off to find out why this is the summer of Mars....

  5. When walking along the beach on Wednesday night, we noticed Mars shining red and bright. It was so bright it shimmered along the ocean surface. It was a wondrous sight! Thanks for sharing both Douglas Florian poems.