Man in the Moon Meanderings

Dedicated to Michael Chauvin, PhD, Astronomer Extraordinaire

Old man in the moon I gaze up to see you looking down at me

Is it loneliness hiding behind your misty, masked-man mystery

Lightness of being belies the anchor of an atmospheric absentee

Ghost guardian of every secret, who would you rather be

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Timekeeper tick-tocks to tame the turmoil in the trysts of the sea

Ancient one glows innocent oblivous to another madman's spree

No wind nor storms to mar the face of heaven's purest detainee

Ghost guardian of every secret, who would you rather be

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Face to face the earth basks starstruck in your brilliant repartee

Where scholars, poets and diplomats look to find the magic key

Languid in your light, lover's lies lay lace-locked upon bended knee

Ghost guardian of every secret, who would you rather be

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Shy voyeur safe at 239,000 miles outside my minds debris

Lapping at the louvers, lending linear light that lifts love free

Dark ink-spot in my brain flies as an eclipse edges shame's flee

Ghost guardian of every secret, who would you rather be

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Old man in the moon I gaze up to see you looking down at me

Sky-bound sentry, sacred seer, stands silent to our sad soliloquy

Without judgment your soul lights the darkness equal in degree

Ghost guardian of every secret, who would you rather be

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Laurinzo Scott 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Beautiful and intriguing Amy... very nice...

Voted up and sharing

this was expert weaving of words


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epigramman 3 years ago

This brilliant ode to the moon also reflects on your legendary status of one of Hubland's truly great writers, thinkers, and wordsmiths.

Naturally I relate to this theme very well because there is not a day or night that goes by that I don't look up and see the moon in whatever cycle it's in. Sometimes on a very clear day late in the afternoon I can see the moon exposed as the sun is setting in the west sky - and that is what I always get out of your writing Amy - the emotional and intellectual depth of your poetic soulful side.

This piece, to me , reads like a child's lullaby and it's the child in all of us (no matter how old we get) that should recognize the feeling of renewed amazement and awe everytime we see the moon with all of her mystery - thank you for taking me to the moon once again as I never tire of her - as I shall never tire of the way you put words together and reinvent this sometimes tired weary genre of 'poe-it-tree (lol) and make it a brand new exciting art form again. Yes Amy you are an explorer too just like the men who flew to the moon and as long as the moon remains in the sky I hope we continue to have future generations of Amy Becherers out there with their inquisitive natures and a paint brush always ready to create new literary brush strokes of genius.

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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Laurinzo. I recently read some interesting facts about the moon, written by astonomer and writer, Michael Chauvin. I was taken by his writing of scientific calculations made poetic by his style. He gives me a whole new perspective on hard scientific facts waxing poetic. I appreciate your visit and your awesome words.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you for the magic of your gorgeous comment, Colin. In addition to the hardback book my sister sent me, was a soft-cover, short book called "Ten Amazing Things About the Universe" by M. Chauvin. I learned so many new things about space in just the first few pages of this layman's termed poetic compilation. In other words, I was inspired by wonders that awoke my imagination.

I am thrilled that you see childlike wonder in my poem, as that was my intent. The last brief paragraph in the authors piece on the moon signified the moon's place in literature, music and art stating "The Moon has frequently been a source of inspiration for poets, musicians and painters." There are few natural wonders that inspire adults to childlike awe. But, the moon is certainly one of those few. How amazing is it that everyone on earth, at one time or another, is mesmerized by the moon?

Thank you, dear Colin, for your kindness, support and ability to inspire me to continue to strive for the stars in my writing. Your words send me over the moon! Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

Beautiful dedication, written perfectly for an astronomer. Gazing at the moon is a long time passion, and you speak of it beautifullly! Voted up and beautiful!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you kindly, bizarrett. I appreciate your visit and awesome words. Epigramman directed me your way, and I'm glad he did. I'm glad to make your acquaintance.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is one of your best! The alliteration works so well here. Very impressive.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Your words, dear xstatic, make my hopes and dreams of being a writer feel closer to reality than ever before. Thank you for that, my friend.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

I'm glad we have discovered each other! I am looking forward to sharing words, and reading more of your stuff


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Once Epi comments there is no sense in me saying a word. :)

Only someone with the vision and compassion of a true poet could write such a poem. You see things most of us do not see, and you translate them into words that most of us cannot manufacture.

love,

bill


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

You are a gifted poet. This is exceptionally well-done.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Your soul comes forth in your words, Amy . So happy that I am getting to know you through your poems. I too am mesmerised by the moon, and am privileged to watch it as it shines a path over the lake for the moonbeams to dance. Lucky us! To have the moon and you.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Consider yourself hugged, Bill, for a comment that makes my heart sing. Tonight, even though it's very cold, I'm going to look up at the moon and thank my stars for all the great friends I've met here at the hub that make me a very rich person. Love from me in St. Lou to you, Bill.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, lovedoctor. Your lovely comment gives me the impetus to keep on keepin' on.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Vickiw, Your beautiful words, your whole comment, but especially the last sentence, takes my breath away. You brought tears to my eyes, sincerely. Your message leaves me feeling I have value, meaning and purpose in some small space under the moon. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Beloved One, Amy,

I just love your Man in the Moon Meanderings!!! Amazing write. Your talent leaves me speechless. We are all so thankful to have such a gifted writer right here to grace us with your exceptional writing. I love driving home on my long commute each night and watching the beautiful fire orange full moon following me, and when I finally turn on the last long road to my home, it is as though the moon is literally sitting on top of my house or just sitting on the road behind my home. Next time I am going to try to take a picture.

The Pink Floyd is a great choice to accompany your brilliant words.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love your way, Faith Reaper


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Faith, what a beautiful vision of the orange moon you paint. I remember when my daughter, Megan, was a wee one and I took her outside to see the most amazing, huge, brilliantly orange moon I'd ever seen. It seemed to hang so low in the sky it appeared to be sitting behind our home nearly at ground level. I've never seen anything like it since. I hope that someday I'll see a picture of the moon as it graces your home, Faith. Thank you for your kind and beautiful words to me, my friend. Sending blessings and love to you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

This was beyond brilliant, Amy, trust me. The inherent swing and sway of your praiseworthy poetry mirrors the ebb and neap of the tides the moon controls. Awesome alliteration and imaginative imagery. You go, girl!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You have an uncanny way of always making me think, dear drbj. In fact, reading your poetic message has just inspired another brainstorm. Fair warning, my brilliant friend. Duck! I'm going to start work on a new idea today. It just might be fun for me and my readers...That man in the moon moves me....Thank you, drbj, for always making me feel better than I am. Sending love from me in St. Lou to you.


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Dancing Water 3 years ago

You have managed, dear friend, to paint a vivid, unique, mesmerizing portrait of fellow moon. I especially cotton to your portrayal of what the moon sees when "He" looks down on us. I have always assumed that the viewpoint is objective, cold even. I may be projecting here, but I like to think of old moon as loving us in spite of our endless blunders and sins. I like to think of that beautiful orb shining so generously on us and cheering us on to a more compassionate existence. Most likely just whimsical, wishful thinking on my part, but I can dream, can't I?

Thank you for sharing your wondrous gift of putting words together and creating amazing, breathtaking, heart stopping art, gentle Amy.

Like you, I so love the moon. I see him as a true friend, who always appears even when we can't see him.

Love and blessings to you, gentle spirit, Amy.


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SommerDalton 3 years ago

Voted up plus three! Was very interesting, Great hub!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm captivated by the way you express yourself, Dancing Water. Your choice of words, and the way you use them is exquisitely moving. Scientific fact tells us that the moon is without atmospheric influence, meaning no weather, no movement and I think our comfort in the face of the man in the moon is our hopes, yearnings and imaginations...all very real to humankind. And, that is the magic of that beautiful luminescent globe that, at one time or another, moves every human being. How unfathomable is it that the moon is an emotionless sphere, reliable as father time, gifting us with moonbeams and contemplative thought, doesn't think, judge or love? The moon will always be an enigma and an unending source of wonder way beyond science or imagination.

Thank you so much, Dancing Water, for giving me the gifts of your time, and extraordinary words. I sincerely enjoyed your Man in the Moon thoughts. In fact, you inspired me to give the moon one more look tonight. Love and blessings to you, my poetic friend


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Sommer, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my moon meanderings, your words and encouraging support. I appreciate your kindness.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Incredible tribute to my favorite - the moon. Great video. Enjoyed much and passing this on.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much, Gypsy! Can you tell I had great fun writing this piece to the magic of the moon? I appreciate your visit and passing this on. Your generous spirit has put me over the moon. Hugs to you, my friend.


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

LOL....are you serious Amy? I thought I had just read the best poem I've ever read and then I click on this link and I find another that equals it in amazing phrases and emotion. I sat here grinning from ear to ear and wondering ... "does this girl have any idea how amazing she is"? I have this image of you writing and hoping someone will like it; never thinking for a moment how stunned most of us are by your talent. God help the world if your ego ever grows to the same strength as your gift with words.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear sweet Linda, How do you do that? How do you know that is exactly what I wonder when I tentatively hit the publish button? Is it o.k.? Will my friends like it? Am I a fool? Never, ever doubt yourself, Linda, because you are not only kind, you have unparalleled intutive powers. I'm working on my self-doubt, my friend, and you have certainly upped it several notches. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Linda, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

The moon always evokes feelings in me. But so does your writing which is so powerful and beautiful.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm always delighted to see you visit, toknowinfo. Thank you for your awesome comment. You've made my day.


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A.A. Zavala 3 years ago from Texas

I love the night, and especially the moonlight. I can see the stoic old man during his phases, and envision his mood depending on the color he projects. No atmosphere of his own, yet every with every phase he changes the tides. Love the imagery, thank you for sharing.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I think God put the face of the moon towards earth, Augustine, as a constant reminder of His own existence. The moon is as close to religion as I tread. The man in the moon is a timekeeper, a relentless observer, but never interfering. An unendless source of mystery, wonder, and fascination, he is a powerful, visible presence of hope that lights the world from the dark. I imagine my brother, the scientist, would laugh and say, it's the poet in you, Amy. Yet, the PhD astronomer that wrote the book that inspired my poem sees the poetic side of the moon. Even the most pragmatic among us can't help but be drawn to the magic of the moon.

Thank you, Augustine, for your awesome comment, which inspired further meanderings on the man in the moon. I hope the love light he shines on you stays your course and continues to, above all else, make you happy. Hugs from St. Lou sent by me to you, my friend.


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

"Old man in the moon I gaze up to see you looking down at me

Is it loneliness hiding behind your misty, masked-man mystery"

I love that image. I'm going to find it hard to shake.

Have you heard there is talk of mining the moon? I was discussing the news with my youngest daughter. When I said I couldn't understand why humans should need to mine the moon, she turned me and said, "Maybe they want to pick the man in the moon's brains. I hope they learn how silly we look!"

Ever since she was tiny we have taken time to lie under the moon and wonder out loud what the man in the moon must be thinking when looking out towards us on earth. She'd say things like, "He's admiring my new pyjamas," or "he's trying to count the faces of everyone who is looking at him right now.

I've never thought of the moon as lonely before. I suspect I always will now, though. Great hub. Voted up.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I hadn't heard any talk about mining the moon, LongTimeMother, but considering the mark earthlings have left on this planet, I hope we keep out mitts off of the moon. Look, but please don't touch!

I woke today to rain, a little sleet, some flurries and the magic of your meanderings, LongTimeMother, and I feel connected to you and your daughter from across the miles. You and your tiny daughter paint a familiar scene, in the backyard, on the grass, looking up and imagining what the moon is thinking as he gazes back at you. My daughter and I have said those same things from our small space in this big universe.

I saw a report on the Today Show about researchers discovering that the learned experiences from one lab rat can be transferred to the brain of another lab rat through science...a meld process. Maybe all our wishes, thoughts, worries, confessions and truths become a moon meld? Somehow, I feel better knowing the moon sees everything, like a well developed, enlightened conscience, not a judge or jury, but a reflection, always hoping that someday we will see the naked truth, too...for better or worse.

Thank you, LongTimeMother, for your beautifully provocative, imaginative words, that tells me Australia is much closer than I ever knew...that you and your daughter and me and mine share the same moon meanderings. I am so glad to have met you here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Amy, I don't know of this astronomer to whom you dedicate this poem. The poem is lovely and the moon, stars and heavens this man obviously studied and taught us about are lovely also. You weave your words so well!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Suzette, The astronomer, Michael, is the special man and best friend in my sister's life. At my request, my sister sent me a copy of his book, 'Hokuloa, The British 1874 Transit of Venus Expedition to Hawai'i.' In the box my sister sent me was a small book written by Michael called 'Ten Amazing Things About the Universe.' That amazing book inspired this piece. I adore Michael's poetic expression that blends science, reality and the exquisite supernatural beauty of our natural world.

Thank you for your beautiful words to me, Suzette. I am so pleased to know that you find a personal connection in my poetry that speaks to your life experiences. Love you, my friend.

My brother, too, is a PhD microbiologist, Suzette. In fact, he is being awarded the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal for excellence in his contributions in research and scientific publications in parasitology this June 2013. Although, scientists are pragmatic, believing only what can be proven, the two that I know on a more personal level are profoundly deep thinkers, quiet, calm, disciplined, but never boring. I listen closely when I talk with my brother, and think about what he's said often, as he says what he means and means what he says on a level that delves beneath the surface. Though I'm no Einstein, Suzette, my observations show me beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the old cliche about 'science nerds' couldn't be further from the truth. 'Run silent, run deep' is closer to the truth.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Congratulations to your brother-that is fantastic! You have quite the view and unique insight to our universe. No wonder your poetry resonates so much with me!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you for your congratulations to my brother, Suzette. I am incredibly proud of him, mostly because he is not one to blow his own horn, as his joy is , first, in his family and then, in the satisfaction of his work. I feel so fortunate that luck was with me in what seems the randomness of birth. In reality, I don't believe in coincidences or a random universe. I believe in a 'method to the madness' of every creation. I thank my lucky stars, too, Suzette, for having crossed paths with you!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Ditto, Amy!


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Lee-Franczyk 3 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

I looked you up after seeing your name on Epi's post and boy am I happy that I did. Your writing is so unique. I honestly had a blast reading this. I look forward to reading your other posts. Thanks for sharing. Shine on.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Lee-Franczyk, Thank you for a mind-blowing way to start my day. Your awesome comment is enough to blast me right over the moon! Once I clear the fog from my brain with a double shot of caffeine, I'm heading over to your space. Thanks for coming by, Lee!

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