this is called the waning crescent

in actuality, to these eyes, it means 

the moon is a sliver of itself, a cradle


rocking low in the sky to the east

through the dry, high desert air

that i am finding rarified and lacking


the light of the crescent, bathed

by sunlight that is yet hours away

is autumnal orange, though those words


only weakly convey what i am seeing

nearby, of a different hue, is mars

they are in conjunction, that is


lovers dancing in proximity, not touching

not yet, maybe never, celestial behavior

is not unlike earthly behavior


it is often thwarted, denied fulfillment

not through a lack of desire, tomorrow

the moon will be invisible in these skies


mars alone, mars brooding, mars pining

or, just a cold planet circling a hot star

i look at this moon and this planet


and make up a story that tells my story

proximity without fulfillment

i know it is, in a way, everyone's story







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Written on 2020-09-16 at 06:01

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Very nice.