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“I’ve never seen a full moon in the sky, that if it didn’t
take my breath away, it at least displaced it for a moment.”
The moon is 400 billion years old, been worshipped as a god,
been used as a compass, been a boon to farmers, & has been
blamed for murder, mayhem, & madness. Those who ever doubt
its power clearly have never stood staring at it in a desert night sky,
or on a mountain top while wolves, coyotes & dogs howled, high
tides rose & fell, & the Roman goddess Luna raced across the
horizon in her glowing silver chariot.
I once stood outside at midnight during a Supermoon, when it was
within 90% of its closest orbit to earth, 8% larger & 17% brighter than
usual. I swear to you I sprouted fur on my ears, had to suppress a
howl, & wanted to elongate my canine teeth.
There are those who believe that fertility is enhanced during a harvest
moon--which probably is untrue, but any excuse for increased procreation
is welcomed. In the early 19th Century, astronomers believed they could
see cities on the moon through their telescopes, peopled by Lunarians.
In 1946, there were folks who believed the Nazis had bases on the dark
side of the lunar surface, & further that Hitler had fled there, not to South
America, to live out his life in luxury in an underground bunker. Then there
are those lunatics who still believe that Apollo 11 never actually landed on
the moon, that it was all a political hoax, revealed clearly by O.J. Simpson
& James Brolin in the movie CAPRICORN ONE. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
once became so exasperated with a heckler that he punched him in the
face. Aldrin was never prosecuted for the assault.
A full moon stirs the
blood, tugging at the sea in-side our salty husk.
Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub