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"Tonight she was glittering and wild": an eclipse of the moon.

3 Jun 2016, 02:49 UTC
"Tonight she was glittering and wild": an eclipse of the moon.
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A couple of years ago I made an excursion into lunar poetry to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. At the moment I'm investigating the cultural significance of the entire moon in the context of proposed lunar mining. A random train of connections led to this evocative poem by Elizabeth Ridell. I like the conjunction of small domestic events and sensations with the astronomical event happening in the skies above, and the moon wild and glittering.....Eclipse of the MoonElizabeth RidellThis is a profitable night, the moon’s eclipseat last a reason for not sleeping.There is a reason to wake every hourto observe the shape and size of door and windowand wall and picture frame,turn on the lamp, open the bookand let it fall away, reason to rise, make tea,pad to the door,stand on cool tilesto watch the invaded moon.I see a jagged one third of her beauty leftand somewhere, black layers back,a rim of light.Sometimes the moon strays into daytime skiesOphelia-wan.Tonight she was glittering and wilduntil the mask slid down,erasing all her gold.Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)Found on https://ozpoemaday.wordpress.com/tag/elizabeth-riddell/

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