"Find the Moon Again"

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Feb. 22 2011 7:08 AM

"Find the Moon Again"

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Find slippers when you wake up,
Find paper, find pen,
Can't find work inside the workshop,
.............Find the moon again.

Look inside an outer pocket,
Look where, look when
The seasons to their credit
.............Find the moon again.

You'll miss it if you fail to fail,
Lose it when you win,
Won't do the things others will,
.............So find the moon again.

Find it where you never found it,
Far from the refrain,
Further than rhyme can spit,
.............There's the moon again.

And again find something hardly handsome—
But complicated, plain,
No more than half of wholesome
.............In the moon again.

And when you find it turn away,
Don't try to explain
How loss is gain, night day,
.............Find the moon again.

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Joshua Weiner's latest book of poems is From the Book of Giants. He teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Washington, D.C.

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