Unpeopling the Moon


Too soon,
we realize we are more
snow than star, and melting
fast into a vast and
unstringed sky. The Milky
Way’s a helix twist
of fate and falling, hidden
’twixt the waning of this
crescent home. We’re high
on helium, hope,
and lack.



who knows if the moon’s
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky–filled with pretty people?
– E.E. Cummings

Another Q44 for dVerse. Come play! 





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14 Responses to Unpeopling the Moon

  1. This is really quite beautiful–as we melt back into the universe. And the e.e.cummings quote is wow!

  2. Grace says:

    Love the unique title, and this line: helix twist
    of fate and falling ~

    That ee cummings quote is very inspiring ~

  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    The poem itself dances.

  4. This is just stunning. The hope and lack is such a twist in itself.

  5. This is one of my favs lines from ee! Your title and helix make me happy:)

  6. Sumana Roy says:

    so many twists here…love the cummings’ quote and your title…

  7. kim881 says:

    Oh yes! This poem has a glow! I love the phrases ‘we are more/snow than star’ and ‘We’re high
    on helium, hope,/and lack.’ I’m breathless!

  8. She says:

    I flipping LOVE this poem, De! Those first three lines are so, so good.

  9. lillian says:

    oh that helix twist! 🙂 and high on helium…smiling at this part!

  10. Patti says:

    This is lovely. I especially like the final line.

  11. Bodhirose says:

    What a cool title and that last line…love!

  12. Bekkie says:

    Sounds like a trip to the dentist. Lol! Don’t know where that came from (the last lines.) That’s scary, more snow that star, but so true!

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