(For Neil Armstrong)
In her white silent place, the hangings dust,
grey pebbles stretching to the edge of black
so far away. The goddess feels a lack
somewhere elsewhere, an ache deep as her crust
and weeps dry tears. The gentleman is gone
the first who ever called. His feet were light
as he danced on her. Went into the night
quite soon, his calling and his mission done
yet still his marks remain. Footfalls and flag.
The others she forgets. He was the first
to slake her ages long and lonely thirst
for suitors. Now she feels the years drag
as they did not before he came to call.
Our grief compared to hers weighs naught at all.
-- Roz Kaveney
This reminds me, slightly of Jonathan Coulton's lovely song, "I'm Your Moon", which was the love song that Charon sung to Pluto to reassure it after it was demoted from planethood.
Earlier thoughts about Neil Armstrong's passing here.