Have you ever seen
From where the moon starts to rise?
At the ends of the earth,
It’s the most silvery dell
In the crook of the farthest mountain
Where sunlight never fell.
Where unicorns romp
and satyrs play
and mermaids gay
swim with dolphin babes
Roses of blue
and irises of white
decorate this glade
dancing in silvery light
Snakes slither softly
past dandelion stalks
a silver moving labyrinth
beneath the white seeds tossed
They gather on the highest rock,
silver tongues divining the air –
calling down the drops of dew
sending up the gentle moon.
She leaves her home without complaint –
Her joy to release this magical light.
The earth’s pleasing transformation begins
as across the sky she slowly wends.
Foxes slink and deer stroll
raccoons eat and opossums roll
owls stay high, the mice stay low
as moonlight climbs through every knoll.
Even our common human feet
can’t help but dance when the magic entreats
All are transformed by the moon’s gentle path:
Beauty returns, innocence lasts.
But stubborn Zebras stand at the edge of the dawn
waiting for the promise of the sun
Sure enough the dew begins to fade
And the evening’s magic is lost to the day
(you know the zebras hate anything grey!)
The harsher light burns magic from the air
owls stay inside, foxes stay in their lairs
the smallest differences now seen as flaws
across the earth dancing feet pause.
Yet back in this most silvery dell
the moon has returned, it’s easy to tell:
Snakes slither down, unicorns rise
the mermaids dance, to the satyrs’ surprise.
and this being of peace, she rests and restores,
by the crook of the mount
on earth’s farthest shore
the roses blue, the irises white
too many to count! They dance even more!
Still softly shining through her slumber,
like love unbound, giving gifts without number,
once again the old become young
in this place where ancient truths are sung
(by mermaids’ lips and snakes’ silver tongues).
Have you ever seen
where the moon starts its rise
leaving her home
to climb through the skies?
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