Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Stealing the Moon

for the record:

The August Full Moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon.

The name comes to us from American Indian tribes who fished for the sturgeon at this time of year.


I strolled across
The Moon tonight--
down the street
so wide, the echo:

I felt as if I was stealing.

So maybe thieves rob banks
not just for the money--
they also want The Moon:

you burst open a gumball machine
for that feeling of release--
an elation of spirit--
dark freedom

but then comes emptiness

and without any sense of being cleared.

So, we continue to search
in a million different ways
for a spot of true moonlight.

I myself only luck into
the graces of The Moon

for instance:

while watching
a night spider pick its way
toward the center of a silver web
I may forget myself
and in the absence
become another me--
the one who can deeply imbibe
The Moon's soft light...

only to be startled back
as a frantic fluttering moth
disrupts the luminous spell.

Afterwards I'm surprised
--and a little frightened--
when I realize that I lost myself,
yet such moments of quiet clarity
intensify my desire for The Moon.

So despite the delicate difficulty
I keep trying to pick my way
into the center of that silken web...

© 2014, Michael R. Patton

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