How To Live on the Moon



How to Live on the Moon

Pack copies of Outstanding Stories,
one well-used board game, Blast Off
(a game of modern space exploration
for 1-4 players; planet Earth version)
a Meccano Moon Base Kit,
Jack and the Beanstalk vegetable seeds,
and ensure your Dan Dare space suit
is in good working order.
Before countdown re-read
Spacecraft Commander’s Briefing
for an extra confidence-boost.
After blast off relax and read
HG Wells’ First Men in the Moon,
to the accompaniment
of the Moonlight Sonata.
After touch down
adjust your Dan Dare suit,
relax for a few minutes
-read your Eagle comic
-help yourself to coffee
from your personalised vacuum pack
before stepping out onto an alien world.

6 thoughts on “How To Live on the Moon

  1. Thanks Simon. I wrote it after visiting an art exhibition about the moon. One of the exhibits was the moonlight sonata playing on a loop on a real live piano but with some of the notes missing!


  2. Great poem -I can see the similarities – the ludicrous nature of preparation for the unknown and the thrill of it all – it is child’s play!! it is fun to think what you would bring and think how much money you could save NASA – aside from Moonlight Sonata – what music would you take?
    Susan (in New Zealand)


  3. Thanks Susan for your feedback. Mine is more light-hearted than yours. Music? difficult choice; some jazz and the complete music of J.S Bach!


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