Editing the Moon

Be precise
authority is magic.
When you think you've got it straight
wax wane declination
feel the movement under your hand
one summer morning
as you observe it set
then rise that night.
Always use a well-sharpened pencil
followed by a good eraser.
Watch the white emerge.

Caroline Caddy, "Editing the Moon" text from Esperance, Fremantle Press, 2007; audio from The Tibetan Cabinet, Audio CD, 2010: by permission of River Road Press and the poet. Copyright © 2007, 2010 by Caroline Caddy.
Source: Esperance (Fremantle Press, 2007)
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