Finding the Moon

This entry was posted on Apr 28, 2014 by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

Finding the Moon

Did you stop now that you found the moon almost full,

floating west across a small clearing between the clouds?

Did you still yourself in the lawn chair on the deck, and give up

waiting for one desire to name itself, or another to dissipate?

Where have you been, the beautiful world asks.

Wind furrows your hair. The moon folds under a cloud

the size of a great lake. The light leaves in increments.

Lightning bugs thread their stories through the cedars,

which hold all seasons, whether witnessed or not.

The deep charcoal of the windy night blows through you.

Then the moon rolls slowly back out, a flashlight looking for you.

Why have you spent yourself ignoring this?

About Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author of 14 books, including a forthcoming novel, The Divorce Girl; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community & Coming Home to the Body (Ice Cube Books); and four collections of poetry. Founder of Transformative Language Arts – a master's program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word at Goddard College (Goddard College); where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-writes songs, offers collaborative performances, and leads writing and singing Brave Voice retreats (; and she blogs regularly at her website (

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