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Friday, January 04, 2019

Poetry Friday--The Moon in the News

On Thursday, the Chinese National Space Administration's lunar craft, Chang'e4, landed on the far side of the moon. It is a landing that is significant because it hasn't been done before, despite the lunar landings which took place 50 years ago!

The far side, also referred to as the dark side, has always presented a problem because of lack of communications capability. The Chinese appear to now have conquered the communications problem and it looks like the "space race" is on again.

Those of you who lived through the 1970s--tell me you don't have Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album [CD ROCK PIN] running through your head! To learn more about the dark side of the moon, click here. What's really exciting is we now have close-up photos!

I suppose writers will now start writing poems about the far side. Until then, here's an Emily Dickinson poem about what she was able to "see" of the side facing us:
The moon was but a chin of gold
    A night or two ago,
And now she turns her perfect face
    Upon the world below.

Her forehead is of amplest blond;
    Her cheek like beryl stone;
Her eye unto the summer dew
    The likest I have known.

Her lips of amber never part;
    But what must be the smile
Upon her friend she could bestow
    Were such her silver will!

And what a privilege to be
    But the remotest star!
For certainly her way might pass
    Beside your twinkling door.

Her bonnet is the firmament,
    The universe her shoe,
The stars the trinkets at her belt,
    Her dimities of blue.

Found in Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson [J 811 DIC]. I'll save you the trouble of looking up "dimity": it is cotton fabric with woven stripes or squares.

Join Sylvia at Poetry for Children for the first Poetry Friday Round-Up of 2019--she'd love for you to stop by!


  1. I like thinking of the universe as Moon's shoe. :) Thank you!

    1. Emily does like her metaphors, as do you and I!

  2. Always a new way to 'see', that "a chin of gold" is one creative look I'll remember. Thanks, Diane.

  3. oooooh like a beryl stone. How lovely. Wonderful poem to pair with this event.

    1. I wasn't exactly sure what beryl looked like, so I looked it up. What I found was not the least bit helpful! Aquamarine would fit nicely.

  4. Great pairing of event and poem, Diane.

    1. Thanks, Tabatha. There are so many moon poems it would have been a shame to miss the opportunity to feature one.

  5. Hooray! Another moon poem in the round-up this week. I never grow tired of moon poems. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I love that Japanese poets have moon-viewing parties and ceremonies!

  6. I love the moon poem! Emily is always just right.

  7. "Her dimities of blue" this is one lovely moon, and one excellent poem.

  8. I love her last stanza, and thanks for sharing Emily Dickinsons' Moon Poem–I guess the race is on again…
    And "moon-viewing" parties that sounds intriguing too–I've always been fascinated by the moon!