Poem of the Month: An Evening when the Full Moon Rose as the Sun Set

April 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm Leave a comment

An Evening When the Full Moon Rose as the Sun Set
-April 11, 1976

The sun goes down in the dusty April night.
“You know it could be alive!”
The sun is round, massive, compelling, sober, on fire.
It moves swiftly through the tree stalks of the Lundin
grove as we drive past…
The legs of a bronze god walking at the edge of the world,
unseen by many,
On his archaic errands, doubled up on his own energy.
He guides his life by his dreams;
When we look again he is gone.

Turning toward Milan, we see the other one, the moon,
whole and rising.
Three wild geese make dark spots in that part of the sky.
Under the shining one the pastures leap forward,
Grass fields rolling as in October, the sow-colored fields
near the river.
This rising one lights the pair of pintails alert in the
shallow pond.
It shines on those faithful to each other, alert in the early
And the life of faithfulness goes by like a river,
With no one noticing it.

Robert Bly


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