Lunacy

We know
the moon’s power.

Each day
Every day

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

352,670,000,000,000,000,000

Don’t try to say it…

Just look at
all
the
zeroes.

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
or
the wiggity-wackness of schoolchildren

Still…

“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.

Shhhhh.

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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