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From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 24, Fall 1984, Last Quarter

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:18 AM

The Return of the Moon
                By Dana Naone

The thought of being away
           from you
makes the golden dragon
           leap from the lacquer tray
The roof cracks under the blue sky
           even though it is day
           the moon will rise

After a month apart
           I come upon you in the garden
the black seeds slip from your hand
           into the black furrows
           a rainbow arches
over the evening houses and trees
the dogs are going home
           to dishes set out on porches
           the light folds its wings
night visitors in the grass
           wake up among the fallen guavas
we stay where we are to watch
           the moon rock on a hill

Under the curve of the moon
           a man coughs as he gets up
from a letter to a friend
           he has not seen since
the trees outside the window
           were no taller
than the waist of his wife
he remembers how
           once in the light
           of another moon
he saw the tail of a pheasant
           lift the silvery grass


Walking late at night
           on the empty road
           rising to the mountain
we turn to each other and see
           through the open trees
           a cloud filled with moonlight

Bio: At the time, Dana Naone lived in Haiku, Maui with her husband and daughter. She would be guest editing "an issue of literature based on Hawaii land and water rights for Bamboo Ridge, due out in fall 1985."


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