Meditation on the Moon
Can you draw a straight line with a curve?
Impossible you say but nature does it
every month when there is a half-moon
straight edge from curvature of sun and earth.
Let the crescent moon shine like a bow
turning into a ship then a giant pearl
when full no wonder artists and poets
love to pay homage to this night drama
waxing wistfully Moonlight Sonata,
Song to the Moon, Claire de Lune, Moon River.
Timing is crucial farmers sow seeds
at the New Moon for better growth.
Moon in the dewdrop Cyrano's flight
to that fullness bigger than the ocean
Blue Moon, Snow Moon, Blood Moon,
shining in splendor Queen of the Night.
"Do you believe that a rock could float in air?"
I asked a friend. She said "Definitely not!"
Then I pointed to the Full Moon, that rock
suspended in the sky to rest my case.
New Moon's procession to fullness from
darkness to light mirrors the student's
progress from ignorance to knowledge.
So look upon the Moon as our guru
its firmness like our body made from dust
of the earth, but the moon's levitation
reflects its and our lightness of being
the lesson that Beatrice taught Dante
that his true home is not here on earth but
in the stars. Believing is seeing! Only then
did he soar beyond the spheres to Paradise.
Remember the Moon it can make us fly.
Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 12-17-2008
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