Water Follows the Moon

the water follows the moon
like a devoted partner
a loving bridegroom
it takes its cues from an orbital glance
and pushes itself on the shore
the water follows the moon
once on dry land
it’s pulled back too soon
still it looks to its magnet — a gravitational pull
and washes back into the sea
a despite such a vast expanse
the moon and the ocean
keep an impossible dance
and if the moon’s light casts down on the waves
there’s hope that they’ll meet someday
   so on a night of a lunar eclipse
   hold onto your loved one
   and give her a kiss
   and you can thank God 
   that you’re close enough
   to never let her get away
the moon can’t stop spinning around
it’s caught in a path
so high up from the ground
and it knows that the ocean keeps turning its way
but there’s no stopping or slowing it down
and the moon is trapped by the earth
it can’t escape how it needs it
and defines its worth
the speed makes it dizzy, it’s hard to concentrate
so it just goes through the phases instead
the moon would give up this spin
for one day to fall
in the ocean to swim
or sink to the bottom of the Marinas trench
trading weightlessness for gravity
   so on a night of a lunar eclipse
   hold onto your loved one
   and give her a kiss
   and you can thank God 
   that you’re close enough
   to never let her get away

2 Comments

  1. Jim & Rosalie said,

    This one knocks me clean out. Really, really beautiful stuff.

    • songsmith said,

      So good to hear. Thanks, friend.

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