the darkside of the moon

by Peter Humphreys

Venus will see
what we
shall never see
the dark side
of the moon
those cold bleak craters
mountains seas
forever kept
from you and me
by our shy shining moon
that rose so soon
it blocked
our evening guide
from sight
but only for
an hour or so
as drabness
gave way
to light
by Jove
a sparkling diamond
slipping free
from the still stark
crescent moon


Author's Note: On 1 December, the rare occlusion of Venus occurred and, as it emerged from the Moon's shadow, Jupiter was also in close view.

Posted on 12/02/2008
Copyright © 2021 Peter Humphreys

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 12/02/08 at 02:45 PM

Another fantastic write Peter. You have a way of seeing the way light refracts from a different angle... And this time you've gone further away to do it. I hope you are well.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/02/08 at 05:07 PM

Shame I missed it then. At least, you were able to catch it and bring some great images back to us. Well done indeed.

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/02/08 at 07:45 PM

Really nice write Peter and a saw the same thing after Venus had passed. It was spectacular. I'm glad someone else loves the heavens as I do.

Posted by Tom Goss on 12/02/08 at 07:52 PM

That rare photon dance is brought forth by your words.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 12/03/08 at 01:51 AM

Quite a sight as is your poem Pete...CharMin

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/03/08 at 04:09 AM

....by Jove, I've missed your company and poetics. Guess it really is all up to the planets. Hope you are well. Thanks.(nice write, btw)

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