Monday, 4 January 2010

and then the moon

new year's eve was also notable for the occurrence of a blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month. this happens every two years or so and at a new year every nineteen odd years. combined with a partial eclipse tho? a special event. i phoned geo and the people i;d left behind and from our different vantage points we got ourselves out. i looked thru t's new astronomical binoculars. the second picture is taken from my back step using my old but what i thought was decent digital camera. the first is taken with steve's camera phone. annoyingly better technology!

and this...

Full Moon and Little Frieda

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket -

And you listening.
A spider's web, tense for the dew's touch.
A pail lifted, still and brimming - mirror
To tempt a first star to a tremor.

Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges
with their warm wreaths of breath -
A dark river of blood, many boulders,
Balancing unspilled milk.
'Moon!' you cry suddenly, 'Moon! Moon!'

The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work.

That points at him amazed.


Totalfeckineejit said...

I'm hopeless at photographing the moon so I can't believe how good that pic is with a CAMERA PHONE!!I mean a little feckin phone Fer fex sake !

Lovely poem, though.No surprises there.

swiss said...

i know! i need to ask him next time i see him how he did it. i suspect technical jiggery pokery but really i think technology's just left me behind.