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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 2, June 2018
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Ingrid Bruck
Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA


Lunar Eclipse

A family wedding at Lake Winnipesaukee brings us together on fall equinox. Four sisters meet at Lynn’s house to view the full lunar eclipse. Each of us wears a moonstone necklace that Leslie made us. We pull lawn chairs to the middle of the country road, away from trees and the house. Cold night blazes. No bonfire for warmth, we wrap blankets over coats. In the hours we sit there, we only move our chairs once for a car.

river tides
follow the ocean—
a washed up paddle

We point to two lovers kissing in crater shadows on the face of the full moon. We watch the eclipse draw a chiseled rock line. As earth’s shadow expands, moonlight erases. Shadow grows like a rising fever. A moment before complete darkness, the lunar eclipse delivers a shining circle. A silver band cinches the moon inside a red ring of fire. We watch the moon wane and wax, a furious dance condensed to six hours. Our moonstone necklaces shine.

night
unclasps petals
moon flower opens

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