You’ve heard?—incredible! A second moon!
How was it discovered, then? No one?
No … No … I’ve not seen it, either. “Zither-
silver,” whatever that means. The azimuth
is indeterminate, whatever that means.
Why can’t they speak English? What use in a moon
you can’t court by? What are “receptor sites”?
They mentioned the blood’s love for carbon monoxide,
by way of example. They say the problem isn’t
optical, exactly. The moon’s unrisen
quality is artifactual
of structures in the ancient brain: one jewel
occupies the setting, so to speak;
the nerves won’t crimp around another. What keeps
it there? Why can’t we blink the old white cinder,
to the new? To see a moon not “new,” but new?
I’m asking me, I’m not asking you.
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 26 Number 5, on page 37
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