A few years ago I wrote the following poem after witnessing a really clear, full moon. It occurred to me that the way we witness the phases of the moon is all a question of perspective.
On a clear night when the moon is full
And the chickens gossip softly till late,
Unsure whether to sleep or not,
And sheep murmur as if discussing
Their plans for the following day,
The silvery glow which casts around
Outlines each leaf, each blade of grass
And seems to caress the very outline
Of creation itself.
And as the days pass
And the full moon gives way
To a half moon and then
To ever-diminishing crescents,
She knows that her waning
Is simply our shadow:
It is we who cast our darkness onto her.
On a clear night when the moon is full,
Eden is glimpsed:
A reflected, glorious light:
Light without our shadow.
Grimston, North Yorkshire April 2008
Where do you 'cast a shadow'?
How could you reflect 'light'?
Who needs prayer right now for something overshadowing them?
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