Moon Missing

By Allan Peterson Allan Peterson
I was so worried the hickory I recognized
had died from salt burn in the last hurricane
I may have passed by vervain and apple haw
like they didn’t matter, but this spring
it put out seven shoots from its base.
Still, the oldest trick is the moon missing,
then the “new” moon appears,
though we know it’s the old one, and we pretend
to be taken in like the mother or baby
behind the bath towel.
Really it’s the moon winking,
being the stone that holds stones and now footprints.
And when I tell Frances, I see she is a moon
motionless in the doorway, skin reflecting
a lamp, a face that awakens on paper.

Allan Peterson, "Moon Missing" from Fragile Acts. Copyright © 2012 by Allan Peterson.  Reprinted by permission of McSweeney’s Publishing.

Source: Fragile Acts (McSweeney's Publishing, 2012)

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Poet Allan Peterson

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers

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Poet and visual artist Allan Peterson earned degrees at the Rhode Island School of Design, Southern Illinois University, and the Claremont Graduate School. His books of poetry include Anonymous Or (2002); All the Lavish in Common (2005), winner of the Juniper Poetry Prize; As Much As (2011); and Fragile Acts (2012), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His chapbooks include Assurances (2011) and Omnivore . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Trees & Flowers

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