A mystery you have to go home now and live with

Nasa Science News offers some facts about Super Moons, and the moon in general:

For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. On March 19th, why not let the “Moon illusion” amplify a full Moon that’s extra-big to begin with? The swollen orb rising in the east at sunset may seem so nearby, you can almost reach out and touch it.<

But Mary Oliver knows how to really talk about the moon, and wild cries in the night, and how mystery is part of life:

You Are Standing at the Edge of the Woods

You are standing at the edge of the woods
at twilight
when something begins
to sing, like a waterfallpouring down
through the leaves. It is
the thrush.
And you are justsinking down into your thoughts,taking in
the sweetness of it—those chords,
those pursed twirls—when you hear 

out of the same twilight
the wildest red outcry. It pitches itself
forward, it flails and scabs
all the surrounding space with such authority

you can’t tell
whether it is crying out on the
scarp of victory, with its hooked foot
dabbed into some creature that now
with snapped spine
lies on the earth—or whether
it is such a struck body itself, saying
goodbye.

The thrush
is silent then, or perhaps
has flown away.
The dark grows darker.

The moon,
in its shining white blouse,
rises.
And whatever that wild cry was

it will always remain a mystery
you have to go home now and live with,
sometimes with the ease of music, and sometimes in silence,
for the rest of your life.

……………….. Mary Oliver

These are the rest of the digital images I created from the birdbath photo in my last post:

Super Moon 2

Super Moon 3

Super Moon 4

Super Moon 5

Super Moon 6

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About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to A mystery you have to go home now and live with

  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    wow to Mary Oliver and wow to your pictures. Beautiful!

    • Carol Wiebe says:

      I’m glad you like the images, Tammy.

      My first thought was that a digital image just doesn’t have the same reality for me as a painting that I can put on my wall. But then, pondering a little more, I realize that I spend a lot more time looking at my computer screen than I do at the wall! I see fabulous art online, most of which I will probably never see in person, so I just successfully made a rebuttal of my first thought.

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