Christopher Apfelbach

Rookie (July 1,1990 / Burlington, VT)

All Moons

All sorts of moons are
running clockwise laps
around the celestial track
tonight, panting in the cold.

Moons, some close to home;
others, stretched beyond conception of distance.
Fat round moons and sliver moons.
Moons dreaming nomad dreams.

Lonely moons, many-siblinged moons,
iridescent and amaranth moons,
moons like vast wheels of cheese,
cheddar and colby and pecorino.

Moons skittering out from under
Jupiter's baleful red gaze,
and moons couched
in Saturn's icy girth.

Moons that are not moons.
Moons that wanted to be
supernovas, or quasars,
or squat red dwarf stars.

Hidden moons and weary moons.
Moons turning a dark cheek
on the entire cosmos.
Dying, splintered moons.

Moons that wobble like
a drunken pitcher's knuckleball.
Moons of flaxen radiance,
calling out for the harvest.

Moons overfed on nothingness.
Moons unformed in other moons,
waiting to be chiseled free, just as
Adonis emerged from the marble slab.

And, once in a great while,
a moon exactly like this one:
a jovial little fellow
who knows his own mind,

content with tugging the tides
this way and that, like a monk
raking his stone garden;
a droll lunar gentleman

who finds the whole bunched-up
significance of the universe
so funny that you can almost
make out (on a clear night)

the teeth of his crinkled grin,
the twilight glinting
from somewhere in his
deeply cratered eyes.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (All Moons by Christopher Apfelbach )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members.. Updates

New Poems

  1. Finally Free, Kelly Shanks
  2. The Court of Cassation, Brian J. Stafford
  3. The Final Goodbye, Naomi Johnson
  4. Haiku ' Clouds ', miken newman
  5. A Song Of Living, Amelia Josephine Burr
  6. My Final Goodbye, Naomi Johnson
  7. I Remember, Kelly Shanks
  8. Beautiful heaven, hasmukh amathalal
  9. Black Thursday, Barry Jablonski
  10. ... MY FIGHT FOR LIFE..., Ken e Hall

Poem of the Day

poet Joseph Addison

Salve magna parens frugum Saturnia tellus,
Magna virûm! tibi res antiquæ laudis et artis
Aggredior, sanctos ausus recludere fontes.
Virg. Geor. 2.

...... Read complete »


Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. A Case Of Murder, Vernon Scannell
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Green Mountain, Li Po
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]