lunar observations

I don’t envy you, misshapen moon,
sliding lopsided across the sky
exposed
your ever-shifting size
scrutinized, analyzed, categorized
I wax and wane, too
but I’ll never be like you
neither slender sliver
nor plump perfection
Or am I always like you?
going through phases
appearing to shed
then regain my substance
meanwhile, my whole essence remains
hidden in shadow
more complete than others perceive

12 thoughts on “lunar observations

  1. This is lovely. I mean, you had me at moon, but those last three lines especially grab and hold. And just the idea–as a woman–to be ambivalent about the moon-woman metaphor. I’m not explaining it well, but that’s why we have this poem. 🙂

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  2. Setting “exposed” on its own line was a brilliant choice. Not only did it give the word weight, it also highlighted for me its meaning in context. There’s nothing I can think of that is more exposed than the moon. But I’ve never thought of it that way until I read this poem.

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  3. Lovely take on feminine-moon themes. I’ll echo what others have said about “exposed” being an excellent line on its own. The imagery of “slender silver” vs “plump perfection” is great, too.

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