Our Luna Friend
Stillness surrounds the blackness of night,
Transfixed and bewitched, as if frozen with fright.
Not even a leaf or stark twig stirs in pity,
Miles from the busying buzz of the city.
Reliant on senses, the dark calls the tune,
Its symphonic movements cast far away, strewn.
The stream trickles melodies, owls hoot their songs,
Silently flapping, the bat beats along.
Silvery, snail slithers capture the light,
Pearlescent, luminous; glistening delights.
High, on a cloud sea, our Luna friend hides,
Night ships illuminate vaporous tides.
At once, there’s a clearing, a wondrous sight!
As cirrus & cumulus cloudscapes take flight,
Peeling back sails to reveal the festoon,
As galaxies welcome our glowing Full Moon!
18th August 2019
It’s funny how the mundane can occasionally throw us a curveball, and become a little more special, out of the blue. One night, last week, I was taking some rubbish outside to our bins. I wasn’t really taking much notice, except for watching where I was treading in the dark, where I could see some snail trails shining.
As I turned away from the bin, I looked up to see a huge, moody cloudscape, with the light of the Moon fighting to push through the gaps where each cloud joined another. It stopped me in my tracks. I watched & listened, as the magical scene before me shifted & changed.
Eventually, the glowing, Full Moon was revealed amongst the illuminated clouds. As I waited & watched, I’d become aware of all the accompanying sights & sounds, adding to the ethereal atmosphere. The stream, running, noisily close by; a Tawny Owl calling intermittently, and then a solitary bat, swooping fairly low, above my head.
I took a few phone shots, as the scene changed. The quality isn’t good, as you’d expect, but you get the idea..there wasn’t time to fetch my camera, as all too soon, the cloud cover returned.
It was definitely a few moments of good timing, with an added wow factor!
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