Pandora’s Moon

Pandora’s Moon

Let’s forget the echoes                                              
        of my thirtieth year
                  for there’s refuge                               
                       in the night and the moon.
 Moonlit night                                      
        where imagination stretches starward.
 Moonlit night                                      
        where my name falls off like an autumn leaf.
 Moonlit night                                      
        where I’m a sapling attune to winter wind.
 Moonlit night                                      
        where my past hibernates, ant-sized.
 Dearest Other                                      
           if you peeked in 
               with a telescope                                  
                   you might find me hard
           at work at my desk                             
               trying to stuff 
                   these Pandoras                                    
 into some bright metaphor                              
       where tight surfaces reflect 
           you, steadfast 
                   seducer, the Moon.

G. H. Mosson is the author of four books and chapbooks of poetry, including Family Snapshot as a Poem in Time (Finishing Line, 2019), and coauthor of the forthcoming Simultaneous Revolutions (PM Press, 2021). His poetry and literary commentary have appeared in The Evening Street Review, Measure, The Tampa Review, Smartish Pace, Free State Review, Rattle, and The Cincinnati Review, and received four Pushcart Prize nominations. He has a BA in English from Portland State University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, where he was a teaching fellow and lecturer. An attorney since 2012 he enjoys raising his children, hiking, and reading.

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