The Moon’s Trees
In 1971 Stuart Roosa orbited the moon
on Apollo 14 with some 400 seeds packed
away in his personal kit, orbiting too.
The seeds were: loblolly pine, redwood,
sweetgum, sycamore and douglas fir.
They were germinated back on earth
and planted all over the world.
Some were planted beside
their earthbound counterparts.
After more than 20 years, there’s
no discernible difference between
the two classes of trees.
Some of the trees are no longer alive.
Roosa is buried in section 7A of
Arlington National Cemetery.
Even with the intricate machinery,
the trees didn’t like what the
moon is supposed to do.
About the Author: L.B. Sedlacek is an award winning poet and author with poetry and fiction appearing in many different journals and zines. Her latest poetry books are “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars” (Alien Buddha Press), “The Architect of French Fries” (Presa Press) and “Words and Bones” (Finishing Line Press.) She is a former Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine” and also co-hosted the podcast for the small press, “Coffee House to Go,” for several years. She teaches poetry at local elementary and middle schools and publishes a free resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine.” In her free time, LB enjoys swimming, reading, and taking guitar lessons.
Image Credit: John Russell “The Face of the Moon” (1797) Public Domain