The Earth is a Satellite of the Moon by Leonel Rugama

BOMB 8 Winter 1983
008 Winter Spring 1985
​Philip Pocock

Philip Pocock, photographic light drawing, 1983, 11 × 14”.

Apollo 2 cost more than Apollo 1.
Apollo 1 cost plenty.

Apollo 3 cost more than Apollo 2.
Apollo 2 cost more than Apollo 1.
Apollo 1 cost plenty.

Apollo 4 cost more than Apollo 3.
Apollo 3 cost more than Apollo 2.
Apollo 2 cost more than Apollo 1.
Apollo 1 cost plenty.

Apollo 8 cost a ton,
but that didn’t matter
because the astronauts were protestant
& from the moon they read the Bible
pleasing & thrilling all Christians
& when they returned Pope Paul the Sixth blessed them.

Apollo 9 cost more than all of them put together
including Apollo 1, which cost plenty.

The great-grandparents of the people of Acahualinca
          had less hunger than the grandparents.

The great-grandparents died of hunger.

The grandparents of the people of Acahualinca
          had less hunger than the parents.

The grandparents died of hunger.

The parents of the people of Acahualinca had less hunger
          than the children of those people.

The parents died of hunger.

The people of Acahualinca do not have as much hunger as the children.

The children of the people of Acahualinca are unborn because of hunger
& they hunger to be born
so they can die of hunger.

Blessed are the poor for they will inherit the moon.

Translated from the Spanish by Harris Schiff and Eva Gasteazoro.


Leonel Rugama died fighting Samosa’s troops in Managua, Nicaragua in 1970 at the age of 20.

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