The pussy willow showed its furry catkins
early during a warm February week and
are now covered with heavy March snow.
We want to be optimistic. The universe
sometimes agrees – and sometimes laughs at us.
Like Jupiter, I am now poised, stationary,
beginning my retrograde motion back in time.
That king planet’s eastern journey turns west.
Or so it appears. I’m reverse orbiting,
hoping to undo some things done counterclockwise.
Young Moon, Thin Moon, New Moon, Crescent –
a Lunar New Year today – for dinner
fish, dumplings, longevity noodles – wealth and prosperity.
Every new moon transitions from the morning
to the evening sky. We clean house.
[As sun sets on January 28 in North America, the moon moves back to the evening sky. With a clear view of the Western horizon, we might catch the extremely slender moon over the western horizon just a half hour after sunset.]