For any true reflection, we need stillness.
The water calms and the image clears.
The mind calms and the thoughts clear.
But we need the wind, waves, raindrops
and disturbances to know what stillness means.
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.
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.