under the harvest moon
when the soft silver
over the garden nights,
death, the gray mocker
comes and whispers to you
as a beautiful friend
image credit: patheos.com
50th anniversary of the week of the Apollo 11 moon landing
I was 11
on the cusp of everything
we went over
to my parents’ friends’ house
everyone was transfixed
air was electric
all gathered around the tv
silent and awestruck
as the first man walked on the moon
spoke his first words on the moon
lots of emotion in the house
I ran to the window to look at the moon
hoping I would see him up there
right in the middle of all of this
left to go to the hospital
to have her baby
she named him neil
after that man on the moon.
“we ran as if to meet the moon.”
― robert frost
image credit: Ann Arbor district library archives
what i saw
as i arrived at school
for parent teacher conferences
at the beginning of the day.
also what i saw
as i left school
after parent teacher conferences
at the end of the same day.
a day always passes
no matter how busy or how calm
no matter what we have done or not done
somehow slipping by.
‘the long day wanes; the slow moon climbs the deep.’
-alfred lord tennyson
“finish each day and be done with it.
you have done what you could.
some blunders and absurdities
no doubt crept in;
forget these as soon as you can.
tomorrow is a new day.
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered
with your old nonsense”
-ralph waldo emerson
july full moon – ann arbor summer
what an incredible way to say goodbye to a year
walking across a frozen lake with special friends
while wrapped up for sub-zero temps
with twinkling snowflakes swirling down in silence
under the watchful eye of a beautiful moon
and waking up to see it all in a new light in the morning
as we welcome in the new year
“i always loved the idea that a photograph was a memory frozen in time.”
michigan from way up there
the waxing moon enabled this unique VIIRS view of the great lakes last night.
note the moon glint below lake-effect clouds over lake superior.
“a sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.”
~antoine de saint-exupery
image credit: cimss – Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, university of wisconsin-madison, https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/