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July 1969
Jacqueline Jules


We watched Neil Armstrong,
his head in a plastic bubble,
take a giant step we thought
divided history in two,
only to realize fifty years later
we were no closer
to the lives we’d imagined
as George and Jane Jetson.
Orbit City and its Skypad Apartments
equipped with Rosie the robot
are still science fiction.
And we still haven’t learned
that change doesn’t always arrive
while the whole world is watching.
Sometimes it’s incremental,
so quiet, no one notices how
everyone carries a camera phone
as if it had no connection
to a man walking on the moon.

© by Jacqueline Jules.
Used here with the author’s permission


Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf.  As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 50 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics, including two poetry books for young readers, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020), and Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember (Bushel & Peck, 2023). Jacqueline is also the author of four poetry books for adults, including a collection of biblically inspired poems, Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021). After 26 years in Virginia, she moved to Long Island to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
So many mornings, I wish I had Jane Jetson's "Get Dressed" machine! It would save so much time. I guess I'll have to content myself with a computer that's more powerful than the ones on that rocketship, that just happens to fit in my pocket!
Posted 07/21/2021 12:47 AM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the last stanza.
Posted 07/20/2021 09:34 PM
The heart of the poem seems to be: "And we still havent learned / that change doesnt always arrive / while the whole world is watching."
Posted 07/20/2021 10:08 AM
I like it, especially the turning point in the middle.
Posted 07/20/2021 09:22 AM
I must learn how to use the camera on my I-phone.
Posted 07/20/2021 08:49 AM

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