A Story of the Moon, Brian Jerrold Koester

Red Canyon Petroglyph



A Story of the Moon


They told me
            there is a rabbit on the moon
                                    grinding rice
                        The rabbit is unhappy

Through all the years since
            I have wished to see
                                    something else
                        on the moon

Now I see
            a vulture on a carcass
                        the monkey’s paw

Better to see
            tarnished silver flowers
                        on muga silk

Or embers of the phoenix
            in the breeze of its wings
                                    Or my first guardian
                        beaming in friendship

past the monsters
            in the front seat
                                    sharing his light
                        to keep me alive

Brian Jerrold Koester


Review by Jared Pearce

The first time I was told that there are different pictures in the moon, I was very curious to find them and then create new pictures. In this poem I like better how the moon comes to the speaker as a comfort and friend, as a light to move past some of the unknown/unnamed lurking monsters.


Review by Massimo Fantuzzi

My teaching is like a finger pointing to the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon. (Buddhist proverb.)

The list of characters, mythological and totemic figurines and personas that we ourselves keep projecting on the moon continues to capture our imagination. One could research and pontificate for an eternity on how much these constructions tell us about ourselves, our ideals and our yearnings or one could just sit back, front seat, and enjoy the game of shadows, learning from them what simply cannot be taught.

Meanwhile, unrelated, China has landed a robot on the dark side of the moon, where the plan is, you’ve guessed it, dig, leaving us with a pivotal existential question: having only known darkness, is the dark side of the moon aware of its situation and ready to fall for any of the pyrotechnics happening just around the corner?


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