moonrise 2

A book printed inside a book: halfway through, there’s the title page again, and the table of contents and the rest of it. You think, I’ve just read this, but you find yourself reading it again anyway, anxious to find out what will happen when you get to the middle. What happens is that suddenly you are back into unexplored territory, and you feel both lost and relieved. You get to the last page, and look: the outer book resumes where it left off, halfway through.

You set it aside. Does the cicada climb back into its shell? The book within the book has already crawled out and is waiting for its wings to dry.

moonrise 1

In your spam folder, one of the messages purporting to originate at your own address reads: Hey, why do not you write? You forgot about me? Outside, the moon is at perigee — the closest it gets to earth all year. Perhaps that accounts for the numbing cold.

You fumble with the camera settings, shorten one of the tripod legs so the camera can stand on the slope, and peer through the LCD screen. The moon is the very same color as the lamp on your desk. Tonight it has a companion, too: Mars is just a hand’s-breadth away. You try to picture yourself as a red planet.

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  1. When your blog fails (its internet infrastructure, I mean), you take a breath and then yank it higher than I could imagine. As we say in Canada, Beauty.


    1. Dude, thanks! You’re gonna give me a swelled head, though.


  2. I’ve read that book, and enjoyed the part where I’ve read that book and I’ve seen that moon, just now, its shine bright enough to read that book about the brightness of the moon by.


  3. I liked this post. Your book within a book idea reminded me of If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller.


  4. Hey Dave, I’m lovin these two photos. Did you have to alter them much? or did they come out pretty much lookin like they do here?


    1. Pretty much. Just cropping, adjusting the levels, correcting the camera’s tendency to skew the color balance sligthly toward the red — that sort of thing. It was, like, five degrees with a wind and light was going fast, so I didn’t have much time to compose shots. I wish I’d taken the time to take one with a slightly faster exposure of the moon over the guest house, so it would’ve been sharper.


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