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  • Writer's pictureCarol Wiebe

A mystery you have to go home now and live with

Nasa Science News offers some facts about Super Moons, and the moon in general:

For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. On March 19th, why not let the “Moon illusion” amplify a full Moon that’s extra-big to begin with? The swollen orb rising in the east at sunset may seem so nearby, you can almost reach out and touch it.<

But Mary Oliver knows how to really talk about the moon, and wild cries in the night, and how mystery is part of life:

You Are Standing at the Edge of the Woods You are standing at the edge of the woods at twilight when something begins to sing, like a waterfallpouring down through the leaves. It is the thrush. And you are justsinking down into your thoughts,taking in the sweetness of it—those chords, those pursed twirls—when you hear

out of the same twilight the wildest red outcry. It pitches itself forward, it flails and scabs all the surrounding space with such authority

you can’t tell whether it is crying out on the scarp of victory, with its hooked foot dabbed into some creature that now with snapped spine lies on the earth—or whether it is such a struck body itself, saying goodbye.

The thrush is silent then, or perhaps has flown away. The dark grows darker.

The moon, in its shining white blouse, rises. And whatever that wild cry was

it will always remain a mystery you have to go home now and live with, sometimes with the ease of music, and sometimes in silence, for the rest of your life.……………….. Mary Oliver

These are the rest of the digital images I created from the birdbath photo in my last post:

Super Moon 2

Super Moon 3

Super Moon 4

Super Moon 5

Super Moon 6

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