Inconstant Moon

Was it the Swiss who first supposed 
you wax and wane to the rhythm 
of cold cream churning to smooth butter?

Was it Juliet’s famous retort
chiding Romeo’s false devotion 
that spawned your inconstancy?

Did the tides now to your authority?
Or was it Poseidon who granted you
the power to induce labor and manipulate the ocean?

Did one small step form a smile on the creator’s face
upon the accomplishment of his creation?
Or does he instead wonder with the rest of us
when we will return, who that will be, and for what occasion?


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