relative sky




sunrise, of course

stars rise

many in constellations

one extremity after

the other

sword point

cup rim


the other rises, too

all the rest

stars that form in different names



fifty years

I saw the landing

and the steps

on a black-and-white TV

which I doubt made much difference

than for our neighbors who had color

maybe I missed the red and blue

in the stiff flag

that looked to wave when

the astronaut shook it


I wondered about Collins

all alone up there, still

seventy miles above

I trust they talked with him a lot

kept two conversations going

with the LEM and the command module

with Houston and the others

who took part

maybe one big talk


keep talking, everyone

whatever your horizon

for a time, at least

we’re all friends here


C L Couch



Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

Patar knight – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,