Dark Side of the Moon

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Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

Today’s poem hints at much more than the unknown side of the moon.

“Dark Side of the Moon” by George Bilgere

I walk down to the bay,
an after-dinner stroll in the darkness.
and there, on the invisible horizon,
is the red, lacquered moon, just beginning
to sink into the Pacific,
not far from where I watched
the sun go down
only a few hours earlier.

So in one day I’ve seen
the sun set and the moon set.
And though nothing is more predictable
than when and where the sun will vanish,
I couldn’t tell you anything
about the habits of the moon.

Some nights you see it up there—a ball
or a bowl or a thin white smile—
and some nights you don’t.

It’s a mystery
I want to talk to you about
after I walk back home
and climb into bed,
where I know you will be deep
in a novel as usual,
one side of your face
lit by the yellow reading lamp,
one side in shadow.

“Dark Side of the Moon” by George Bilgere from Haywire. Utah State University Press, 2006. Used with permission of the author.

George Bilgere’s most recent book is Imperial, from the University of Pittsburgh Press. He received the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2003, the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006, and a Pushcart Prize in 2009. He has given readings at the Library of Congress and the 92nd Street Y. His poems are frequently on The Writer’s Almanac, and he was recently a guest on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Bilgere teaches at John Carroll University.