Friday, June 1, 2007

Song About the Moon (Paul Simon)

"The fascination with the moon started long before Pink Floyd. It has been the inspiration for poetry, paintings, songs and even whole religions over the history of man. Every human that's ever lived has looked upon the moon and pondered it, as well as our own existence. Many believe that a 5,000 year old rock carving found at Knowth, Ireland represents the moon, in which case, it is the earliest depiction yet discovered. There is much folklore associated with the moon including that it's responsible for insanity... thus the word lunatic. Even today, after we have walked on the moon and know exactly what it is, it continues to be a great inspiration to songwriters across the world. "

The moon can be full, red, half, silvery, crescent - it can be harvest, yellow, paper, bad, new, pink. And, of course, it can be blue... which is the premise of this post - last night was the Blue Moon, which refers to the second full moon occurring within a calendar month. I attempted to honor it at 1:00 a.m. from the warmth and peacefulness of my jacuzzi, but the cloud cover was too thick - however, I didn't have to see it to believe it was there... :-)

SONG: Song About the Moon by Paul Simon

BOOK: Conversations with the Moon by Amy Neftzger

POEM: Song by Wendell Berry

Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.

Again, again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy. The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.
Only music keeps us here,

each by all the others held.
In the hold of hands and eyes
we turn in pairs, that joining
joining each to all again.
And then we turn aside, alone,

out of the sunlight gone
into the darker circles of return.

QUOTE: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism

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