Hank Jones

Rookie (June 26,1960 / Atlanta, Georgia)


The first time I saw the moon I was five.
With a purple sky of black clouds
and a serpentine line of comets,
the night slithered and crawled in a way that seemed to deny
any kind of rotational pull, and instead, the night left me with
a great big balloon of sap and drool.

The second time I saw the moon I was eleven.
The sky was still purple and had black clouds, but the

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