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Earthrise, December 1968, Image by Apollo 8

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Short Side

Athens, Georgia
"Orion" from ScienceBlogs
by Ethan Siegel
December 21, 2013; revised August 20, 2015

When Dark Moon lights November nights 
we're on the short side of the sun 

For these are the days of dusk
when the pale sun beats west
through half-hearted arcs
to warm a far-off southern sea
and Orion rises, red-shouldered
east into evening
to hunt the blackened midnight sky 

When Cold Moon lights the longest night
we’re on the short side of the sun 

For this is the season of silhouettes
when dark forms cast shadows
on a velvet void
to illumine by absence a vast empty realm
where love lies below layers
faith stands by frozen
and hope taunts the dormant heart 

When Ice Moon lights the coldest night
we’re on the short side of the sun 

For this is the stage of unknowing 
beyond a simple sunlit faith 
past the last beacon 
and into the bracing abyss 
where souls sweep through perihelion 
slung by grace unglimpsed, 
we face away perplexed, and wait – 

When new moon ushers endless night
we’re on the short side of the sun.
"Sandy in Snow" photograph by
David Noah, Winterville, Georgia