“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” Neil Armstrong

some do it
hard eyes
humour in the distance
(the downturned horizon)
shoulders like a stone mason’s lunch break

some wear it
a label inside out
stepping from cars
as though
there’s cameras watching
from every hem stitch

few see it
vegetation upspringing
from a crack
in space’s highway
a spherical light source
ineffably blue

a thumb-swipe
from obliteration

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Written for Miz Quickly’s QnV20 – write about importance

18 thoughts on “Importance

    1. It was about some guy at a drinks reception, I think. He got talking to a strangerwho wasn’t mixing with anyone. Because he felt so intimidated by them. I guess it was academics at the reception.
      Anyway, the guy later finds out that the stranger was Neil Armstrong.

      I’m sure I must have heard it when he died, one of those lovely stories that come out when people die.

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      1. Actually, no, the reception was world leaders. I mean, I’m sure astronauts aren’t necessarily the most intelligent of people, but they must be above average, to do the job. Probably a lot more intelligent than your average world leader.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi. I’m glad you liked that line. It is a great quote. I went looking for quotes from people who had seen Earth from a distance like that. Of the three astronauts who went to the moon that first time, this was the only quote that described Earth that I could find. It’s ideal.


  1. I remember reading a series of early humans by Jean M. Auel – the one elder (man) shaman, in a trance seeing the future – and overhead view of a 20th century suburb with tarred streets – He was so shocked that his own way of life was not in the future that he basically banned anyone else from attempting the same drugged ritual to see it. Earth is fragile – we must do what we can to protect it. Your piece also reminds me of the new Tom Hanks movie (on Apple Play/ Disney plus?) “Finch”. Scary, but hopeful.

    Each generation has its own issues, but we do need to work together for the future.

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