Kelly Vinal

Rookie (1967- / Homestead, Florida)

Moon Face Back

Poem by Kelly Vinal

The looking down upon,
Through wisps of cloud and contrail,
Column dust and blizzard snow,
Factory plume and bomb smoke -

We barely spoke
Before the border, no
Negotiation tactic, no
Diplomatic maneuver -

Though a gem is beautiful,
Like you,
Someone will purify it -
Shine a light through it -
Make a weapon of it -
And transform you from a gentle prophet
To a killing machine -

There’s a lunar surface rarely seen -
There’s a face on it -
Maybe God’s,
Maybe Indifference -
Favoring a known darkness

Away from us.

Comments about Moon Face Back by Kelly Vinal

  • Corinne R (3/23/2007 11:28:00 PM)

    May the gentle prophet be as mighty as a tiger, as elusive as the snake and as cunning as a jackal yet always remain the gentle prophet and may God's favor shine upon you.(Report)Reply

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  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (12/5/2004 9:05:00 PM)

    Is it a rising star or a star who has already risen?

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 17, 2010