YOU WOULD BE FORGIVEN IN THINKING THAT YOU CAN SEE THE WHOLE OF THE MOON
Because only 59% of the moon’s surface is visible from Earth
there is still reason to believe in cheese. Indulge me please.
We may see only the nearside, but that nine percent beyond one-half
is hard fought territory existing only in the libration zones
where our lunar buddy gently wobbles in Earth’s sky
playing at peek-a-boo with the naked eye. And while nothing
has gone uncharted, to observe this bonus acreage,
is to see around corners a little way around the east and west
limb and over the north and south and to be able to distinguish
craters foreshortened and edge-on. Yet still, we’re missing
forty-one percent. Math may be my nemesis, but I get this.
We don’t know what we’re missing. More than knick-knacks
and photos deep-sixed in the attic. What about every crater
never noticed, never explored? So many grainy possibilities
forgone. Close your eyes and look hard at the moon tonight.
I was only joking about the cheese. What I meant to say
was there is still reason to believe that at any given moment
for whatever reason there is more than meets the eye.
Title and quotes (in italics) from: https://www.spaceanswers.com/astronomy/how-much-of-the-moons-surface-can-we-see-from-earth/
ABOUT THE POET
Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, Nov. 2017). Her poetry has appeared inAGNI, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. She manages fundraising programs for non-profit organizations and lives in Manchester by the Sea, MA.
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