As forecast in my previous post, the weather in the Chicago area was not conducive to skywatching for the full moon on Saturday night. The storms were so bad Taste of Chicago was closed for safety reasons.
Sunday was sparkling and clear. Maybe a little cool, but warmer in the sun. It was one of those days that approaches perfection---like summer condensed to a day. And Sunday night, the sight of the just-past -full moon and passing clouds.
I wrote this poem---
fireflies in the garden
dancing with the moon
moon in the garden
dancing with the fireflies
Why such a big deal about the moon? None of this is new, and yet, if stories of an enormous moon inspire people to look up in wonder, maybe it is big news.
In a cosmic sense, maybe we are but a weekend, summer in a day, fireflies dancing with the moon....
On July 16, it will be 45 years since the launch of the first mission to the moon. Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. According to the moon phase calculator in the Old Farmers' Almanac, that night the moon was a waxing crescent, 6 days old, 32% illuminated.
The moon has been mapped and named. Mountains and craters and seas. The Sea of Tranquility was where Apollo 11 landed. The iconic bootprints are still visible with a telescope, and inscribed in our collective imagination. This step was for all mankind. Have we forgotten? Has the moon gone out of focus, become a hazy blur?
What is the moon? The moon is our nearest companion in the night sky. It is a mirror, a screen on which we project our dreams. It's a peeking eye, a pill for melancholy, a light for love. It inspires art and scientific inquiry, poetry, photography and music.
The full moon is a curse for werewolves. The new moon is sacred to Islam. The changing moon is a reminder of Buddhist teachings.
The moon has been an omen, a goddess, a calendar, a guide. It is still a mystery, and the first step beyond.
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