Thursday, June 21, 2012

“People Born Illuminated”

When I saw the Moon tonight it was too low
to fit in the same shot with the donut shop.

But here’s the Moon just above the horizon
about to disappear from my perspective
behind trees silhouetted in the distance.

It looks lonely here as the Moon disappears
with just that one streetlight and the power lines.

But the lonely look is just composition
and a few feet left or right reveals the night
keeping busy being a city at night
with bright lights illuminating signs and cars.

Just as I snapped this image three young women
drove past saw my camera and hollered “Cheese!”

I don’t think they noticed the Moon in the west
and quickly came up with the improvised pun
on the old tradition the Moon’s made of cheese
and the old tradition when you’re photographed
you say “Cheese!” to make sure you flash a bright smile.

I think they were just quickly ready to pose.

But you never know in a city at night.

Everything is bright in a city at night.

Maybe the three young women noticed the Moon
and they were as bright as the night around them.

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The new Moon was Tuesday
and I didn’t see a crescent yesterday.
This young Moon in the photos
is only about two days and ten hours
old, about 6% illuminated.

The Moon And Venus Beyond The Fox Point

Merica Uns On Unkin

All The Sunlight Is For Laughing

“If there were three Suns in the sky
people born illuminated
by the three Suns, the Trinity,
the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn,

would only know about the Sun
shining in the sky by itself
from the stories old people told...”

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