temporary things

Apollos, we made our visits

there are maps made of the moon
& no goddesses to draw down

can anything
surprise her now, after

clouds caul her new face
imitations of second sight
meaningless to stone
that has orbited everything once

our flags are there, faded
& shadowing the surface

flags mean nothing to eyeless gravel
& solar wind

what are metal
& striped fabric to her?

we could have sprayed our existence
like graffiti artists:

temporary things

we like to leave evidence
on an eternal scale


our shadow
is on the moon

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to temporary things

  1. davidtrudel says:

    Celestial write! It’s interesting to question the motivation behind things like flag planting on voyages of discovery. I also like the layout and design; the way the type changes from standard to italic, and then the climatic phrase is in all caps.

  2. annotating60 says:

    The darkside, always facing out Is where there was a Goddess, dwelling in a dance of fissures near a crater’s edge. Delegate a watchword, keep the pathways open, rearrange what we leave beind as detris, into rhe shape of that which she will understand as a pormise to not return. The deadness of which we know nothing more than before may spring forth into a nyth our clumsiness does not understand circumvented as it is. KB

  3. rebecca2000 says:

    Great job!


  4. jmgoyder says:

    You are so prolific – it stuns me!

  5. Green Speck says:

    Shadow on the moon … that’s a good way to put it across !!!

  6. pondering ponderous and ponderable ! Excellent !

  7. nelle says:

    Too bad the astronauts didn’t find an ancient scribbled note in the dust what translated to, ‘Have a meeting at 10, won’t be home until late, don’t forget to pick up the kids. Oh, and supper is in the fridge, heat in oven for 20 minutes at 350°.

  8. Brilliantly written. 🙂

  9. Miriam E. says:

    Susan, goosebumps!!
    “there are maps made of the moon
    & no goddesses to draw down”
    you are so right!!!

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