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12.21.2010

advent day 21: it was a hide and seek moon


behind the clouds, now i see you, now i don't.  the night was warm and windy windy windy and i'd fallen asleep at work, lilycat and i snuggled on the couch, santa could've snuck in and we'd have been none the wiser, but on second thought, he didn't have to.  our gift was outside; it tapped me on the shoulder about half past midnight and i was awake, afraid it was later, afraid the eclipse had passed me by, but it had just begun its age old dance with the earth, just beginning to darken. 

at home i stood in the front yard with my face turned upwards.  namaste.  it felt necessary to pay my respects.  clouds that seemed treetop high flew past, thin, wispy, the moon quite visible, and when the night sky flew by it too seemed to be great smoky masses of clouds until the stars and moon reappeared in its midst, hard and sharp and clear against the darkness.  the moon continued to disappear, continued to play hide and seek, a red glow always giving it away; the wind stayed strong and the night was warm and i stood in pajama bottoms, flipflops and long sleeves and felt a part of it all, felt it wash over me, said a thank you.  at the very end, the moon disappeared behind the thick white clouds and was gone. how perfectly imperfect a night ~ the moon, wind and clouds as performance art.  a gift with no bow to untie. 

a welcome to winter, here at last.
the days begin to lengthen. 
joy to the world.

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10 comments:

  1. What a gift! I couldn't manage to stay up long enough for the clouds to clear, glad you shared this.
    xo

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  2. great smoky masses of clouds until the stars and moon reappeared in its midst, hard and sharp and clear against the darkness...

    lately your writing takes my breath away, even more than usual.

    thank you for this, i feel like i got to see it now. :)

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  3. Loving your picture of the moon and description. I am so sad to have missed it last night. About an hour earlier I could see the moon and then the clouds came and the moon disappeared behind the clouds. I dreamt about it and dreamt I was standing there maybe with you looking at the moon. But when I awoke sadness was mine for not really seeing it in the night sky.

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  4. ahh, yes. the sweet and necessary need to pay respects. nicely done.

    welcome winter, welcome light.

    joy to all, to me and you.

    xxoo love!

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  5. i would have loved to have been there.....with you. watching and breathing in silence.

    they said here it was grey and foggy and hard to see it....well, that's just sad, i think.

    xo

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  6. I tried to view it - setting my alarm to wake me, ready with my camera but the thick clouds here made it impossible. So glad you shared your moment. I know it was amazing to watch.

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  7. Oh, Debi, this is fabulous. I missed the eclipse entirely--stayed up for it, but the clouds were so heavy I didn't see anything at all. But this is frankly even better than seeing it myself. The only thing that would make it even more magical would be if I could have been standing next to you beneath those flitting clouds and the veiled moon.

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  8. I was so sad to miss this. Our skies were far too cloudy. Of course, as you already know, there is much beauty in that, too.

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  9. . I like the way it washed over you..flip flops in Decenber ..gotta love the weather!!

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  10. We went out and tried to see it, but the clouds were so thick that night. We were only able to catch a glimpse of a very faint glow...which was better than nothing I suppose. So it is nice to picture it in my mind's eye as I read your words.

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