International Observe the Moon Night, October 16, 2021

We will see the waxing gibbous moon tonight,
and gibbous means anything
more than half-lighted but less than full,
which is, more or less,
in more and less terms, how I live my life.

Near the quarter moon phases
there is more detail visible at the terminator,
the division between light and dark,
moonly day and night.

On a waxing moon,
the dividing place is a line of sunrises.

There we view more clearly
the mountains and moondust,
loose rocks and the depth of craters,
even the long, long shadows.

And that’s why I will be watching tonight,
to approach an honest topography
of all we have done
and, yes, all we have terminated,

and yet to recognize the way each month
a line of sunrises is given.

Waxing gibbous moon, public domain, wikipedia commons

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