sturgeonslawyer (sturgeonslawyer) wrote,
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To the MOON, Alice!

[personal profile] calimac posted his memories of the Apollo 11 mission. Mine are not dissimilar to his, except that I was much more emotionally involved in it than he was; I was very much a Space Baby.

I do remember being puzzled: Why, if it was a Moon shot, did they name it after a Sun god?

Some years ago I wrote this song (it has a tune, and, yes, it is copyright ME):

I was only twelve1, my parents let me stay up late
I'd dreamed this day since I was five. Now I could hardly wait!
That afternoon I'd tried to sing, but I couldn't find a tune2,
'cause just that day they'd gone and set a fire on the Moon3.

Now Houston, Houston, do you read? I'd mortgage half my soul,
If I could see it one more time - Apollo; Ground Control,
I can't forgive the men4 who killed the dream that died too soon
And all my dreams are haunted by a fire on the Moon.

I don't mind unmanned probes, but you can ram your SDI:
I don't need damned war machines cluttering up my ski.
Every day at midnight, and every night at noon,
I raise my eyes and howl to see a fire on the Moon.

Now Houston, Houston, do you read? I swear I'd sell my soul5,
If I could see it one more time - Apollo; Ground Control,
The Devil take the men who killed the dream that died too soon
And all my dreams are haunted by a fire on the Moon.


Feetnote:

1. Okay, I was actually eleven, but that didn't scan.
2. Yes, I really did try to make up a song about it that day but failed.
3. Yes, I know that's Mailer's title.
4. Yes, it was men who killed Apollo prematurely. Nixon and co.The fuckers.
5. No, I would't actually sell my soul to bring back Apollo - but I'd be tempted.
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