Under Buzz

This sonnet retraces my memory of the first moon landing in 1969 together with a trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2016. I wondered how Aldrin felt as Armstrong landed. We all have great moments that seem incomplete. Is that how it was for Aldrin?

On July 20 1969, the day of the first moon landing, I was teaching in a small primary school. The television had been wheeled from its store room into our convertible classroom. Some eighty excited students were packed in the small space, where winter sunlight was beating through the glass.