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July 21, 1969: A Wedding

July 21, 1969: A Wedding

She was crushing earthen lamps

under her red-alta feet as Armstrong

was putting his on the moon.

From that night,

heaven stopped being heaven,

and moon the chaand.

The priest chanted mimic mantras,

they walked around a fire seven times

as Armstrong said, “One small step for man..."

Later, discovering nicknames and blood-days

on a lunar calendar, she asked,

“Did mosquitoes bite him, too, that night?"

He smiled, “No, only the woman on the moon".

And space was conquered again.

Write to lounge@livemint.com

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