Second Hand Light – Moonrise Over Dreaming Earth


Light caught and then let go

spewing into space

where nothing is

and yet something transfers

photons snowing up off of dust

some back to where they came

then thrown outward again


The journey from the sun’s core

may have taken a million years

but to a sleeping earth

the effort is flawless

moonlight shedding off of rooftops

on lonely rock

and branches preparing for fall


My photo does not do the moon justice

but what justice has this orb

its face frozen toward our eyes

locked in cosmic conversations?


Monsters and lovers turn

second hand light treading

from human footprints

shuffle through a fault

past curtains incomplete

a listless light


Stars tonight without wishes

for the moon brightly

rains down from above

in silent accumulation

nowhere else to go