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.



The days are longest now, not figuratively,

we are really closer to the sun

this solstice and we are moving faster.

Not much, but at noon I’m feeling

dizzy, gravity-heavy and dreading the new year

when we will be closer, even faster.


A 19th-Century Pocket Sundial


Today being the solstice, we are having longer days than back in June at the earlier solstice. Earth’s perihelion – closest point to the sun – always comes in early January. That means that the Northern Hemisphere winter (Southern Hemisphere summer) is the shortest of the four seasons, even though it is also the longest days for the entire globe.

Measuring the Earth

Not yet geometer moth, a larvae looping.

Geometridae, geo “the earth” and metron “measure.”

Inchworm measuring the shadow of my leg,

growing longer as the afternoon light shortens.

Caterpillar measuring Earth before measuring the sky.