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the full moon/new moon

when it tucks in close

to the earth


vivid bright sculpture

the scratches and shades

of the moonscape allow

us to imagine touch


we observe its lofty allure

this alignment of earth, sun

and moon sets off poems

headlines, posters and art


we relish its elliptical orbit

marvel over the perspective:

trees and houses and the horizon

coerce the moon to appear larger


long term—it is receding

our gravitational pull

letting go ever so slightly

no lasso will restrain it


each year we delight

in this surplus moon


its brimming structure tranquil while

overflowing with astronomic history