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If the Moon

by Maureen Glaude

If the moon
were allowed
into hospitals,
I’d find a crane to
hook tonight’s
majestic full planet
onto it, swing it across the sky
over town, and slip it
into your room.

The “O” of tonight’s lunar mouth
shows the same shock
as ours
at the length of your confinement.

I won’t just leave it dangling
by your distant window
in the hope you’ll catch
a glance.

No; if the moon fits
in the elevator,
I’ll roll it in
tuck it in safe,
ride up with it
to the fourth floor,
press the door to keep open
while the galactical visitor
floats out and
like a balloon broken loose from its string,
bobs and bounces
a path down those mundane corridors
peeking into pan-faced patients’ rooms
to take them from their pallor to
glowing again.

Once it enters yours,
the moon will loom over your bedside
emanating its aura
stirring you up,
making your eyes truly look again,
play the most effective therapist and physician
after all these months.

For tonight the moon commands
my attention, on my walk,
imposes its presence
with a flamboyant essence
newly full, huge and
pleads its expression
calling out its wish
to come along.

A sight not to be missed,
and the world owes you
too many sights.

The magic dust of haloes
surrounding the gentle giant,
I’ll remember to bring too.

This might be the one visitor
empowered to motivate you from
immobility and lethargy.

So be ready,
for if I have my way, ’bro,

I’ll bring you
tonight’s moon.


Author's Note: From last night's walk. Yesterday I'd just been telling my brother (four months now in the hospital after stroke, and also major heart surgery)that it's the anniversary of the moon walk, today, and then last night when I was thinking about it, I discovered an amazing full moon, as if she knew...

Posted on 07/20/2005
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/20/05 at 01:32 PM

That's right...36 years ago. I'll have to come back and read this completely when I have more time. Break's over. :o(

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/20/05 at 01:34 PM

PS: Maybe you better check with the nurse on duty to see if Don's allowed to eat cheese haha.

Posted by Barbara Griffith on 07/20/05 at 04:04 PM

"All a sight not to be missed,/and the world owes you /too many sights." Really touching, I felt my heart give a little thump of understanding on these lines.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 07/24/05 at 01:08 PM

Wonderful reading! Awesome moon, awesome poem. Your brother should find solace in the poem. Praying for him.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/27/05 at 01:04 PM

Beautiful feelings expressed here. The impression is much intense that the moons aura.

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 10/07/05 at 02:04 PM

STRONG & passionate. Reminds me of Copeland's first cd "Breathe Medicine Tree"...he talks of the VERY same subject matter. Well written. I feel you all the way in Ohio.

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 01/20/07 at 06:57 PM

Every once in a while I am so grateful for the POTD feature--and this is one of those days! I would have missed this one, and the image is fantastic. Really wonderful when powerful emotions can give rise to such wonderous imagery and strength ... you can just feel it happening here!!

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 01/20/07 at 07:34 PM

Congrats on POTD, and such a well deserving poem. I am glad it made it, as I now have found it to read and I LOVE it. Sadly sweet I know this feeling of wanting to bring something impossible to another.

Posted by Kristine Briese on 01/20/07 at 07:42 PM

Brilliant, and so touching.

Posted by Elizabeth Shaw on 01/21/07 at 12:16 AM

Fantastic ride in its own imagary aura - love it. Thanks

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/27/07 at 06:35 PM

Really marvelous how you have brought the moon and its magic into this place for healing. "while the galactical visitor floats out and like a balloon broken loose from its string, bobs and bounces a path down those mundane corridors peeking into pan-face patients rooms to take them from their pallor to glowing again." Just a pleasure to read how you care for your brother and what you would do for him!

Posted by Don Matley on 01/13/09 at 08:37 PM

Well Reen...I saw your moon...it was low on the horizon for several nights as I lay in some bed in some hospital somewhere....I turned my head to the left to see it and sought and received solace from that mystical orb until I drifted off..... And now I am comparatively well and you are gone.....but the moon is still there in the sky and in my room and in my heart as you are....thank you for the moon sis...I shall cherish its beauty as I cherish your words.....would that I could have saved you.

Posted by H.M Stevens on 11/20/13 at 06:20 AM

Maureen- This is stunning and you are missed.

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