October 15, 2014
Moon Rabbit

A rabbit that lives on the Moon

according to mythology from Asian to Aztec.

Its mortar and pestle might hold medicine,

elixirs of life or rice cake ingredients.

Tonight it holds fragrant flowers for tea.

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October 15, 2014
Day of the Moon

Day of the Moon

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Surprised seeing the Moon and blue sky,

like seeing the shining sun at night.

We know the stars are always there.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is above.

Cosmic reminders of that taken for granted.

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October 8, 2014
Seen Unseen

The day begins with a lunar eclipse.

Obscured by clouds, it still happened. Unseen

by me like so many deaths, births,

tragedies, triumphs. Tonight I see a child

splashing the full moon from the ocean.

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October 6, 2014
What if we had no moon?
Without the moon, we might be careening from upright to sideways. With a near-zero degree tilt we’d barely see a few minutes of sun or — like Uranus, with its 97-degree tilt — we might find ourselves in 42 continuous years of sunlight, followed by 42 years darkness.
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What if we had no moon?

Without the moon, we might be careening from upright to sideways. With a near-zero degree tilt we’d barely see a few minutes of sun or — like Uranus, with its 97-degree tilt — we might find ourselves in 42 continuous years of sunlight, followed by 42 years darkness.

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(Source: howstuffworks)

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September 28, 2014
Talisman

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The cloud takes a bite of sun.

You see a bear in the cloud.

I see an autumn moon turned sideways

like a horseshoe with ends pointing down,

all the good luck falling out.

SUN

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September 14, 2014

clouds, Moon, lightning

Look up!

September 4, 2014
Waxing Moon Over the Sea

Waxing Moon Over the Sea

Tonight’s moon is waxing larger than yesterday

and will not be visible at dawn.

It is incomplete growing to the west,

gibbous, lighting whales humpbacked in its light.

Four more days until it is full.

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August 24, 2014
No, There Will Not Be Two Moons in the Night Sky This Week

No, There Will Not Be Two Moons in the Night Sky This Week

two-moons-hoax

This faked photo often appears online with the story that Mars will appear as big and bright as a full moon on August 27.

Right off, let’s say that Mars will NOT be approaching Earth this week at some extraordinary closeness.  I think this must be an offshoot of the “supermoon” phenomena.

This hoax or just misinformation has been bouncing around the Net since the days when these kinds of memes…

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August 16, 2014
A Night of Many Moons

A Night of Many Moons

Midnight puddles are filled with moving moons.

Clouds pass like fog on the water.

My foot breaks one moon, but only

for a moment, then peace returns again.

Children of the Moon visiting our planet.

cloud animated moon

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August 10, 2014
Perigee

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moontrees

Sitting outside beside the firepit embers’ glow,

holding glasses of wine, we pull closer

as the Moon comes closest to Earth.

This monthly fullness should be a reminder -

Journey? Intimacy? Distance? Choose your own lesson.

 

 

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July 12, 2014
Our Perigee

hands

Tonight, the nightsky’s full and “super” Moon

makes me think about our own perigee -

When were we closest to each other?

Moments ago in startime, but years ago,

before forces pushed us into empty space.

More about tonight’s full and super Moon.

Our use of perigee to mean the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the Earth, comes from  late 16th century French p…

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June 28, 2014
Ramadan

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Islam’s holiest month of fasting during days,

broken by iftar community dinners after sunset

and prayers. One Hafiz who has memorized

the Quran recites a segment to all.

Sighting the crescent moon begins the month.

ramadan-moon

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June 23, 2014
Saint John’s Eve

Saint John’s Eve

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing 1786, William Blake

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing 1786, William Blake

Shakespeare made this magical night for lovers

dreaming foolishly amongst fairies, but Saint John,

patron saint of beekeepers, protected full hives,

mead to drink, a honey moon night

not long but setting many cradles rocking.

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June 13, 2014
The Thirteenth

A thirteenth day that is a Friday.

A Full Moon to complete a triad

of  strange correlation without any real causation.

We look carefully for signs and connections -

find clockwork regularity; serendipity in the moments.

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June 10, 2014
Yearning

Yearning

Two darker shadows in the night lake

watch the still white naked moon sleeping

on a rippling forest just above them.

They are in pain with love, desire -

yearning for something they believe is real.

yearning

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