by Maja Trochimczyk
An orchestra of crickets slices through the night of a full moon and shadows
piercing my white garden. I look at the contours of clouds
outlined in indigo sky, black pine branches stretching
upwards as the clouds flow faster, faster, faster –
The night twirls around me, the earth
dances with the unseen sun,
circling the galactic core –
Light particles hurl from solar halo, bounce off the flat face of the moon
and drop gently onto my retina. Midnight covers my garden
with pixie dust. It glows in the darkness of our last evening,
last summer – There will never be another night like this –
the full moon smiling in its orange halo, the fat moon
of the blood moon tetrad – ominous and seductive
in its luminescent self. Shine – yes, shine with me –
it sings and pleads with its thinly strung voice,
resonating through the dry blades of grass,
scattered dots of pine cones.
I remember the shape of your head impressed on my pillow
and go inside to snuggle under the blanket, still warm
from your sleepy touch. Alone in my empty bed,
I smile –
wrapped in moonlight
and the silvery sheen
of the crickets
MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, Ph.D., is a Polish-American poet, music historian, photographer, and author of six books on music, such as Frédéric Chopin: A Research and Information Guide (rev. ed., 2015). Trochimczyk’s five books of poetry include Rose Always, Miriam’s Iris, Slicing the Bread, and anthologies, Chopin with Cherries and Meditations on Divine Names. She is the founder of Moonrise Press, and Board Secretary of the Polish American Historical Association. Hundreds of her book chapters, articles and poems appeared in English, Polish, and in translations. She read papers at over 70 conferences; and received awards from Polish, Canadian, and American institutions. Trochimczyk.net.
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Photo, top right, lunar eclipse by Juan LaCruz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo, moon corona by Wing-Chi Poon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons.