Landing on the moon (1969) with the advent of technology
From the moon of myth of gorgeous Artemis, going away
To the landing on the dead chassis, orbiting the earth.
After tasting panic and splendour of exploration,
Armstrong said, they went up there as space technicians
But returned as humanitarians, ‘the best part of life is internal’
Aldrin’s comment was that ‘it is beautiful, magnificent DESOLATION’.
After solving thousands of problems, the work of scientists,
Engineers, managers and factory workers, was materialised.
Landing on the moon, Armstrong commented ‘one small step
For man, is one giant leap for mankind.’ And the leap
Is the advent of the digital age, knowledge of the solar system
Use of complex software, in airplanes, cruise control,
Shock absorbers and computers now protecting buildings
And bridges in quake prone regions, rechargeable
And recycling hearing aids, increasing benefits for society.
Since millennia, questions asked about the universe is clearer.
But then, to the more immediate needs, do we cater?
Poverty is still rampant, famine is ravaging millions,
Diseases are taking heavy death toll in this pandemic.
The educated elite of society with riches plenty,
The great politicians, still need to learn urgently
To have empathy for humanity. Many are simply
Filling their coffers, instead of enriching their souls
With the realisation of the purity of our self,
The path to Godhead, with love for mankind, generosity
And charity. Simply talks, promises or shows of prayer,
Won’t suffice. Action is needed to stop acts of terrorism,
Riots, kidnappings, prostitution, killing for territorial gains.
What we need is universal support, urgent help and protection.