The Moon from Paysandú


The moon from Paysandú
Hasn’t got a man on it; it’s got
A woman and a donkey
Because you’re looking at it
From the other side

Try as you might, you cannot
Turn or squint or flip or lie on your back
And see
Anything else
Anything you’re used to

Just the Virgin Mary
Pregnant, riding to Bethlehem
Aware but not fully
The importance of what is soon to take place

About the author(s)

This poem won an honorable mention in the BYU Studies 1999 poetry contest.


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