do I imagine the sun as magical,
a sign of some inner event, a renewal.
I know the sun for what it is,
a star, an atomic furnace,
and a minor one at that.
the moon, of grave portent,
is nothing but a poor reflection,
a desire for light in the dark starlight
of my dimly remembered dreams.
Though vivid in their time, they fade
as the light rises and I rise from a sleep,
a dumb time in the dark and there it is, again
through the black branches of a winter.
It fills up the shadows where I can no longer
see or remember what is hidden there.
Clement - Nov. 2003