"Star Poetry" of Diane Woodward Dorff

Pieces of the Moon

By Diane Woodward Dorff

( I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky,
And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon. Allama Iqbal)

In September,
the harvest moon,
named by the Algonquin people.

A gift to the earth;
endowed for corn, beans, squash, sunflowers,
and received in bright

When, finally, the time arrives
for an autumn moon
a supermoon
whose circuit slides behind the earth
near enough to pay the earth in moonlight,
swooping close.
Lunar scheduling;
a time to deliver scoops of light to
the shadowy earth.

Human faces staring upward
at the inky sky.
Stars dimmed by the golden moon
that shines on prairies, sand, on city streets;
glowing its song of moonlight;
offering a nocturne to the silent ground.

Each upturned face,
waiting to be christened with moonlight;
a conduit of heavenly fire
that moves from face to face circling
in contra dance around the rocky earth.

And each up tilted face
in Calgary and Cairo, Belarus and Brazil,
rhymes with golden light.

As the moon glow wanes above, it waxes here below;
endowing our faces with moonlight, a celestial loan,
leaving the moon with only orange and red,
while September yellow clings to us on earth.

The sound of light brushing our faces,
settling into place,
with sweetness of chamomile,
fragrant with the end of summer.
Whispers of the autumn equinox,
and the earth keeping promises.

Soon we must return
the borrowed lightening,
the buttery splash,
to the orange-red moon.

And we pay.
Not with regret,
but gladly.
All we who have seen the hushing of the moon;
we hold forever in the particles that make ourselves,
the seeds of moonlight.

Pieces of the moon.

(This was the September 27, 2015, total eclipse. I sat in a lawn chair at the side of the road for two hours, occasionally looking down to read William Blake poetry.)

(Posted 2017 August 6)