by Amy LV
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Students - Astronaut Neil Armstrong died this week. Because I was born in 1970, I do not remember watching Neil walking on the moon (he was the first person to ever do this!) but I have thought about him a lot, especially this week as I listened to npr and looked up at the sky. A private man, Neil Armstrong did something that only 12 people have ever done.
Last night was a blue moon, the second full moon in August. And in Western New York, it was a stunner, perfectly bright and clear. So beautiful that our children told me stories they've learned in school of "the rabbit in the moon" and "the grandmother in the moon." Thinking about Neil's death and this month's blue moon, I began wondering if the moon chose to honor Neil's memory, to welcome Neil with a second full appearance this August.
Today's poem grew from a blending of current events and natural events and my questions. It is also a poem of goodbye. People often write poems to honor another's memory; this is one way to heal.
Thank you to my daughter Georgia, for it is she who said, "I love it when the moon looks like a dime!"
To read all about Apollo 11, check out NASA's wonderful student features. To learn more, check out this NASA page. If you would like to learn more about blue moons, check out Info. Please. And I love to listen to Nanci Griffith singing Once in a Very Blue Moon.
Many congratulations to Theresa (Looking for the Write Words)....winner of last week's giveaway of THE POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY (see sidebar)! Today is my last giveaway of this new book. To win, please just leave a comment on today's post, and one commenter - to be announced next Friday - will receive a copy of this new anthology.
In other Poetry Friday news, you can now apply to become a Poetry Friday Ambassador. This sounds like a lot of fun to me, and there is more information here!
Over at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, I welcome author Peter Salomon and congratulate him on his forthcoming book, HENRY FRANKS. Stop by and read about his first notebooks and enter yourself in the giveaway of his new book, coming out next week!
Sylvia is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Poetry for Children. May your weekend and school year be full of poetry. Beginning on Monday, I will be back and posting here 3x/week.
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