a thinning crescent as it slowly sweeps
past four bright morning planets – first Jupiter
then Mars, Saturn and Mercury, the crescent
points at them this morning of equinox.
Golden Saturn invisible to me – but there.
Like the Moon’s oblong circling of us,
we move in our eccentric crisscrossing orbits
around each other and some unseen centerpoint.
Tonight at apogee, distant in cold space.
If there’s a future, there’s also perigee.
Perigee is when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, while apogee is when it is at its most distant. Like everything else in nature, the Moon’s orbit is always in flux and its shape and its orientation relative to the Earth and the Sun change all the time.