The elders have told us
the moon is not fully at home
in the sky. Whenever it
vanishes it is because
it sinks to its true home
under the waters.
Ever since I learned this
I have been throwing myself into ponds,
seeking the moon on lightless nights,
but have never found anything.
I have lately been eyeing
the ocean as a place to look:
the ocean, full of its own light
at times but more often darker;
full of life, full of death, full of
whatever it is
that makes me long to dive in,
and if I don’t come back up?
Don’t assume I’ve found
the moon. It may be that instead
I’ve found the reason the moon leaves us,
and I’ve made that my reason as well.