Tonight, the nightsky’s full and “super” Moon
makes me think about our own perigee –
When were we closest to each other?
Moments ago in startime, but years ago,
before forces pushed us into empty space.
Our use of perigee to mean the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the Earth, comes from late 16th century French périgée, via modern Latin, from Greek perigeion ‘close around the earth,’ from peri- ‘around’ + gē ‘earth.’