Tanabata poem 2022: Who needs the moon when we’ve got the stars?

Every year for the last few years, I have written a poem to mark Tanabata. Here is this year’s installment.

I know the old saying
goes something like that
but won’t we always need the moon—

the moon that breaks through the clouds
while the stars continue to hide?

the moon that illuminates the surface of the lake
to help us find the shore?

the moon that assures us
the sky upon which you gaze
is the sky upon which I gaze
and ties our constellations together?

the moon that sweeps the tides
out to sea and back again—
deep feelings for swimming
and oceans for dreaming?

Sometimes the moon and I both hide
we’d rather be the one to seek
but soon fall asleep

In the morning
we may still remember our dreams

where time and space
were more than mere possibilities—
they were everything

Without the moon
they’d be nothing

(written 6 July 2022 – posted 7 July 2022)

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