I saw the ring around the moon because I was out taking a walk.
I was out taking a walk after dark because I was irritated.
Walking is better than talking when one is irritated,
especially if one is a mother.
“Frothy nerves unsettle a household”.
The halo reached out to the stars and I wondered what it meant.
There is a story that says, “ring around the moon, rain is coming soon”.
But the weather man disagreed and it was dry.
I think it’s odd that we attribute those forecasters with such power;
they can’t make it rain or snow or shine and yet we talk as if they do.
The stars were cold and white and piercing-
a little like my thoughts that night-
but there were none inside that moon ring.
I read the science for the lunar halo is that there are icy cirrus clouds up there
through which the moon reflects light. Nice enough, but
how does that make a ring? How does it make a star shield? A barrier for pin pricks in the blackness?
Can I have one?