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The Moon Canoe

By Jerome Kiely

The Moon Canoe

The Moon Canoe Details:

Published: April 2010
ISBN:       978-0-6564280-1-8

Cover Design: Kathleen Gormley
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Sample piece from The Moon Canoe

The Moon Canoe

I never signed aboard
the golden galleon
that Spanish poets call full moon.

When I go navigate the sky
charted by the quarter moon,
I handle a canoe
a double-ended Indian canoe.
I can lean into the stern
with the happy curvature
an orthopaedic surgeon would decry
and I can curl my toes
into the Persian slippers of the bow.
It is a proletarian craft
which makes a nonsense of
the astronomical,
cutting the distance from the moon to earth
to the quarter-mile from the local lake.

One night in moonscape March -
the twelfth it was, two nought nought eight -
the artisan whose turn it was
to do the gilding job that night
had a fumble with the brush
and a human shape appeared
above the gunwale's otherwise
uniformly even line.
That was me aboard up there,
the lone canoeist in the moon canoe.

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