Slender lunar crescent in the western sky.

First thing we see this spring dusk.

And the Moon’s shy dark side illuminated

in earthshine – sunlight reflected from our Earth.

“Is that Mars or Mercury?,” she asks.



One thought on “Earthshine

  1. A friend commented that in this poem “she” comes off as missing the point. Not my intent. Actually, she is noticing another celestial object that appears nearby – the oft-confused Mars and Mercury, I suppose the narrator of the poem is the one who missed that. Or it’s that they each saw something and shared it>


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