Some Things Under the Moon

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Some Things Under the Moon

The moon out,
the emptiness around leafless limbs
is lit,
their fractal stretch sketched,
while firs are read first
as the absence of tree
rather than its fullness;
only, after a careful stare
does the eye find the slant uplift of
night-black boughs.

So, I often mistake the world.

And so I vow, the next noon, to look
at other people as out
to teach me enlightenment
(all those others who were previously out
to bar my way.)

Amazing, then, how much better
we get along.

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Another new year’s poem of sorts, thinking of the quotes of Susie Clevenger on With Real Toads (though I already linked a poem there, so will leave this be!)   Happy last New Year’s weekend before work onslaught begins!

The photo is not really right for the poem–as it doesn’t show a field of trees (!) but an old one that was closest I had.

 

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7 Comments on “Some Things Under the Moon”

  1. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    What an amazing shot. The moon was so bright last night – always reminding me to look up, at the bigger picture.


  2. It certainly takes a little more attention to see what is not seen at first glance. If we try to look into a person beyond the façade, we might get along really well. A wonderful poem. 🙂


  3. Oh I really like this idea….to see others as paths to enlightenment, rather than as barriers. Cool ending, wonderful perspective. Uplifting.

  4. hedgewitch Says:

    This has a very buddhist feel to it for me, k–one of those simple phrases expressing a complexity that one never thinks of but seem obvious when someone else does. Your metaphor is one my own increasingly foggy eyes can relate to, as well.


  5. I love how your wrote about that moon-walk.. It must have been that walk you told about in your comment on my poem.. The end touched me especially.. a great way to assume the best in people, I think the roads are better than way.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      They are. I think the Buddhist idea is that whether the people mean best or not, they are teaching you important lessons. I, on the other hand, am not so good at learning them! Thanks, Bjorn. k.


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