First Footprint


Ironic, and sad, that although the marks of hominid heels and toes

Left in Laetoli’s volcanic ash almost four million years ago

Have survived until today, Mankind’s first footprint

On another world was lost within moments of it being made.

Armstrong’s One Small Step was stamped on and erased

As he shuffled around the Eagle on his EVA,

Kicking up dust, and whatever traces survived

Were scuffed away by Aldrin’s boots soon after.


Will things be different on Mars?

Will the first down the ladder on Landing Day

Carry a big glass bowl to throw over their boot-print,

Preserving it for the future’s historians and tourists to see?


© Stuart Atkinson 2018

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