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Molly Fisk: Full Flower Moon Lunar Eclipse

 It was me, stepping out the front door
	every six or eight minutes to look up
into a cloudy sky that darkened
	and opened. Is that a star or reflected 

streetlight? Where is east? Where 
	does the moon rise at this time
of year, anyway? And why do I stay
	indoors when it isn't raining —

my eyes are beginning to fail me,
	I should look harder at everything now,
to remember it. I have lost my way
	since the virus arrived to contain us.

I have lost my way. Traveller, said Machado 
	in Spanish, there is no path, the path is made 
by walking. Yet I do not walk. Whatever force 
	holds me still from childhood holds me 

tightly. Saved me, although now I suffer that 
	salvation and what a long time ago it was, too. 
Think of the trees now casting shade that I have 
	planted. Think of the miles I've swum.


Copyright 2022 Molly Fisk.

Molly Fisk is a poet, prose writer and radio commentator who lives in Northern California.

source: The Guardian

7 comments on “Molly Fisk: Full Flower Moon Lunar Eclipse

  1. Anita Montero
    October 15, 2022

    I, too, love these lines:
    “I should look harder at everything now,
    to remember it.”
    As I age, those thoughts run through my mind more often.
    Look harder, longer, To hang onto it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anita Montero
    October 15, 2022

    I, too, love these line:
    “I should look harder at everything now,
    to remember it.”
    As I age, those thoughts run through my mind more often. Look harder, longer, To hang onto it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    October 6, 2022

    I love this. I sit here post stroke, waiting for biopsy and mourn two years of isolation before I could clearly see my body decomposing

    Like

  4. loranneke
    October 6, 2022

    What a most original and seamlessly surprising poem, Molly. Such tonal clarity! To do as you do — “I should look harder at everything now,//to remember it.” — I will go read the poem again right now!

    Like

  5. Sean Sexton
    October 6, 2022

    Another poem I’m grateful to have read on Vox Populi!

    Like

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