Daniel Trevelyn Joseph

Rookie - 2 Points (21 December 1945 / Mumbai, India)

Watching The Moon - Poem by Daniel Trevelyn Joseph

At less than 10 degrees from the horizon,
The full moon, lookng pale yellow, rises:
I can see it unlike the Sun in that place;
Struck by color, I watch it moving up.

As the full moon climbs up the silent sky,
And reaches 30 degrees, the yellow becomes
Very light greenish, and at 45 degrees it takes
Over normal color, associated with full bright moon.

Change is built into life, and existence,
From the rock to the color of the full moon:
Trust not that things will remain the same,
Or, that the relationships will not change.

As a child, I have heard my elders say -
'Ettusuraikkai kuuttuku udavaadhu'
Meaning in Tamil what vegetable you see
On paper cannot serve the purpose of food!

Having learnt that things change,
That nothing is permanent in life,
Are we ready to move from moment
To changing moment, without losing our cool?

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2010

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