Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Though it swells and contracts
to the rhythm of our
geometric captivity,
the moon is not inconstant, no,
but guards the night
with sweet severity


Charles Gramlich said...

I wonder what human art and poetry would be like without the moon?

Sarah Hina said...

Charles, I don't know, but it would be the lesser for it.

I just liked this photo, and was exploring the idea of relativity a bit.

Anonymous said...

Such a striking picture. It reminds me strongly of the Ring Nebula from my stargazing days.

Yes, geometry is often guarded. The planets will pass each other, on this path, on this path again, and if not for beginnings and ends, collapsing to finite infinity.

(Weird. My word verification was "nograil." Now that the heck am I supposed to do?)

Aine said...

I love all things about the moon. Charles is right. That beacon at night is so profoundly part of us-- it is spiritual.

Billy said...

the rhythm of geometric captivity--that's primo stuff, Sarah. I love the last line--the sweet severity. So much tension going on in the space of a few lines. This also brings to mind all of the aspects of our lives governed by the moon--the tides, circadian rhythms, etc.

Sarah Hina said...

Jason, I was trying to demonstrate the moon's implacability, in spite of our distorted perspectives. Thank you about the photo! Those clouds are a little cosmic.

(That is weird. Keep searching, anyway... ;))

Aine, you are a true night owl. :) I look to that beacon, too. It, like us, always seems to be in a state of flux, and yet is eternal, too.

Billy, I liked the sweet severity, too. :) There is something so soft, yet fierce, about the moon's light. Cold and warm combined.

And you're right--we owe much of our cycles to that rhythmic push and pull.

S.L. Corsua said...

severity fits well with the 'fire look' of the clouds around the moon (which, in the photo, looks like it's emitting its force/energy). ;)

Happy anniversary to your blog. I've enjoyed reading your poetry, especially "Finding Spring in Fall." Cheers.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Great word choices in this. I especially like "our geometric captivity". I adore anything that has to do with our natural satellite! "...guards the night." - Very fine.

Sarah Hina said...

S.L. Corsua, I really appreciate your stopping by and reading through my work! I hope to stop by and visit your blog soon.

And you're right--there is a heat in that photo. :)

K, thank you. I am similarly satellite-minded. ;)

I like the idea that there is an illusion of truth (the moon's phases), and a harder, more constant truth to its orbit. Those dualities are endlessly interesting.

Vesper said...

Oh, the moon...

and the rhythm of our geometric captivity...

beautiful... just beautiful...

The photo too.

sweet severity makes me think of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" – the title of a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein.

Sarah Hina said...

Vesper, thank you! And what a great title for a book.

It has always comforted me to know that I could look up at the moon in the night sky, and understand that those I loved--no matter how distant--were bathed in the same light.

The same is true of the sun, of course, but the moon is more inviting. :)