Sleepless and alone, staring at the Moon

 

I play Satie softly not to awaken

her upstairs. I’m not much of a

musician, more a phonometrician, measuring and writing

down sounds as the Moon approaches fullness,

far from Paris, breathing in 3/4 time.

 

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A Day at the River

“You aren’t just the age you are, you are all the ages you have ever been.” ~ Kenneth Koch

 

morning, pebbles making small ripples like fish

in afternoon sun, this was my beach

now empty but for summer moon and me

two silver waning slivers silent as water

a bridge that no one is crossing

 

The Young Moon

crescent

 

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.

 

thin-crescent-moon

[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.]

Lessons of Darkness

This is the work of darkness – not

just night – but that other lacking time

when light is unseen. It is chiaroscuro.

Without art. Under an arch of lamentation,

these three days have been midnight unmoving.

 



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Astronomer by Candlelight by Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613 – 1675) with a touch of modern technology