“It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.”
—Carol Anne Duffy

Nature holds many fascinations, like the moon that revolves around the earth that revolves around the sun within a galaxy among known and unknown galaxies.

When, where, how did the music of a universe begin, and what undisclosed purpose waits for our slow discovery?

Every month, I wait for the fullest, the brightest, the most engaging night watching the moon’s entrance into my sight and soul.

As a child, I would lay quiet and still gazing at the shapes and shadows, wondering what they meant. Did I see the same forms every month, or was the moon constantly transforming yet always appearing in the same arc across the night sky?

I wondered.

I don’t remember when I learned the moon sped along, gracing the evening of children on the other side of the world.

We remain forever connected.

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10 Thoughts on the Moon

a full moon against a black sky with streaks of clouds visible in the darkened sky

“The summer moon hung full in the sky. For the time being it was the great fact of the world.”
—Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

“The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
—Carl Sandburg

“The moon rides like a girl through a topaz town.”
—Emily Dickinson

“We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.”
― Anaïs Nin

“I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.”
— Albert Einstein

“The moon can never breathe, but it can take our breath away with the beauty of its cold, arid orb.”
— Munia Khan

“We ran as if to meet the moon.”
— Robert Frost

“The moon spins her net around everything that is sick, / the full moon comes and gathers it one beautiful night.”
—Edith Södergran

“The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
— Pablo Neruda

“The moon is a loyal companion.

It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.

Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

A tree stands in the forefront with stone buildings, peeking behind the limbs against a dark blue sky hangs the full moon like a small beacon

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Photos: Kathryn LeRoy

Björn Rudberg (brudberg) inspired this prosery challenge in dVerse with a limit of 144 words and using one line from “Valentine” by the Scottish poet Carol Anne Duffy.

February 24, 2022