From Above

It’s the fiftieth anniversary year
of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon.
“One giant step for mankind”
Kids all around are wearing
NASA t-shirts, carrying
NASA backpacks, lunch containers.

I remember
the excitement of the Space Program.
Those first photos of Earth
taken from satellites circling.
So much blue and green
a view of clouds from above.

When the fourth house
on our block put up an American flag
amidst the jingoism of July 4,
and the White Sox interrupted the game
to stand to Honor Military Heroes,
we felt we had to respond.

Went online to order from
the Syracuse Cultural Workers
a NASA image Earth flag.
Our Earth from above
on a field of indigo blue
without a border to be seen.