Lunar Eclipse

We cast a long shadow.
Long enough to engulf
our daughter moon

who looks like a cratered
white chocolate cookie
full in the sky

until a circular bite
invades an edge
and she’s consumed.

Then she turns to blood
but it’s just a metaphor.
Optics — not magic.

From her airless surface,
imagine the red ring of fire
where the sun once stood.

We don’t really eat the Moon,
of course, that’s also a metaphor,
though we’ve nearly eaten the Earth.

For now the Moon is safe.
At least until some human figures
out how to make money in the eating.

(For today’s prompt, write a shadow poem.)

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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10 Responses to Lunar Eclipse

  1. K. Hartless says:

    Moon-cookie eating contest. Yum. I love a lemon cookie in spring. Fun one.

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  2. kristin says:

    I wouldn’t put it past them to figure out how to monitize the moon.

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  3. JeanMarie says:

    Good one. I like the political ending.

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  4. berniebell1955 says:

    See ‘What?’……

    We are ‘eating’ it – gobbling it up – turning it into a consumable….

    How dare we.

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  5. berniebell1955 says:

    “Fortunately, I doubt we’ll ever get to that point.”

    I’m not too sure about that – remember the big brains – and the hands with which to build what the big brains think up – where that combination has taken us – and where it might take us.

    Combine that with the basic instincts.

    Gawd ‘elp us all.

    On the other hand – would you want to be a Vulcan? Obviously not, as you’re a Klingon.

    Me? Betazoid.

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