“Superior Sky” -A poem from Michigan

                                                  SUPERIOR SKY                                  Copyright 2013 Paul Belz


What is the moon? It once was molten rock

ripped from the infant earth

hardened by chilled space to form  a sphere.

Now it orbits its parent and hurls sunlight

earthward like an center fielder

streaking a ball towards  home. I know this;

tonight it makes no sense.


Undefinable moon drifts into evening,

gains power as it slithers up the sky.

Moonfire streaks from Lake Superior’s black horizon,

fills the gap between two long islands.

Balsam and white firs stretch their trunks

to grab fading sky and burning moon.

They become black as darkness grows strong;

hot light turns them to ragged silouhettes.


What is this satellite that throbs in trembling night?

One beam streaks along the waves,

knocks me flat and gasping. I stay

on my feet. I know nothing about full moon.

It climbs and turns the darkness white.

Only determined stars will shine tonight.


                                    Isle Royale National Park, Michigan 8/07

                                   For Kate



About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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