National Poetry Day TODAY!
It’s NPD, and I’m posting poems and poetry videos on the theme of Vision.
Here’s a poem with questions for the moon – her sky is very different from ours! No colourful sunsets or sunrises with no atmosphere, the sun will be off and then – on! No clouds, and her dark side never sees the Earth as she keeps one side forever towards us. When we see a full moon, the moon sees a sliver of us, and the other way around.
A version of this poem is in Moonstruck! Poems About Our Moon, edited by Roger Stevens and illustrated by Ed Boxall.
Questions for the Moon
Does the silent moon sleep soundly
when her two week day is done
and dark falls with no colours
to switch off her spotlight sun
or does she gaze up at the Earth
as it waxes and it wanes
full Earth to crescent Earth
to disappear and come again?
The sleeping moon is woken
at end of lunar night
when her white sun rises suddenly
in a bright and cloudless white –
does she wonder as she gazes
in a moony kind of way
at the earthlight and its patterns
changing through the night and day?
Image © Reema Mantri