At dawn, the Earth’s shadow is blue-grey
and above it is a pink band –
the Belt of Venus wrapping our world.
Shadow ascending in the east, as west
sun sets, her belt and robe dropping.
(The shadow of the Earth is curved like the Earth and extends hundreds of thousands of miles into space. When it “touches” the moon, there is a lunar eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse will occur in the Eastern Hemisphere on the night of August 7-8, 2017.)
I am waxing, not waning, though really
a waxing and waning crescent Moon look
much the same and in this phase
my wife only knows I am intermediate –
less than before or perhaps becoming more.
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.
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.]
stealing her white light from the Sun,
lighting its cool, pale fire to hearts
on Earth and attracting emotions like waves
breaking at our feet and distant shores.
This bewitched light that shows your nakedness.
[Allusions here to Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens:
“The sun ’s a thief, and with his great attraction / Robs the vast sea; the moon ’s an arrant thief / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun…”]