We know
the moon’s power.

Each day
Every day

The tide comes in and goes out.
As earth spins on her axis.


Don’t try to say it…

Just look at

Those are gallons
of water
magnetically pulled by the moon
every. day.

Who knows what else that thing can do?

“They” say there is no good research to support

deaths in nursing homes
the wiggity-wackness of schoolchildren


“Lunatic” don’t come from nowhere – ya know?

81 percent 
of mental health professionals believe
the full moon can make people ill.

81% – yet almost NO science supports it.

There ARE studies that show moon cycles
may trigger mania
in some people with bipolar disorder.

I did say “almost” no science.

There are always exceptions.

And now,
I must wait until April 26
to begin my howling.


And now, our (optional) prompt. I’ve seen some fairly funny twitter conversations lately among poets who are coming to terms with the fact that they keep writing poems about the moon. For better or worse, the moon seems to exert a powerful hold on poets, as this large collection of moon-themed poems suggests. Today, I’d like to challenge you to stop fighting the moon. Lean in. Accept the moon. The moon just wants what’s best for you and your poems. So yes – write a poem that is about, or that involves, the moon.


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