The morning moon hummed fiercely today in the heat. I will be staying inside and taking work breaks to read Issue 2 of Black Bough Poetry, “Lux Aeterna” –Eternal Light. It is filled with tributes to Apollo 11–breathtaking poems and wonderful artwork. Please do take a look.
I am thrilled to have two poems in this issue, “Moon Landing” and “Dark Matter.” Thank you to editor Matthew M C Smith (no relation, though my husband has some Welsh ancestry. . .) for selecting my poems and for editorial suggestions on “Dark Matter.”
These are the grown puppies mentioned in “Moon Landing”–a bit blurred, like a memory.
Congratulations Merril. I will be visiting Black Bough to read your poetry. ❤️
Thank you, Holly!
You’re welcome. I haven’t been able to find the poem!
Moon Landing is on a page towards the beginning with a drawing of a TV set in the middle. Dark Matter is in another section. 🙂
I’ll get back over there!
I just saw it’s p.11 of the pdf, and Dark Matter is p. 41.
Fantastic! I went to peruse the issue and found your two wonderful poems.
Congratulations! Such good poems too. I love the way you anchor the moon to the earth with the two puppies, and the second one takes us in the other direction, whirling off into space.
Thank you very much, Jane. I appreciate your reading, too. 🙂
I enjoyed them both 🙂
Thank you. I was talking to my sister this morning, and she remembered the day–also about the puppies. 🙂
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I don’t have any memory of it at all. I can’t have been very impressed 🙂
Well, you can see I only remember my dad watching it and the puppies. 🙂
I’m sure I’d have remembered the puppies too.
I’m sure, too. 🙂
More good news! 🙂
Yes, indeed. Thank you!
Awesome news! I enjoyed the poems very much. I’m so happy for you, Merril!
Thank you very much, Jill. I’m so pleased that you liked the poems.
These poems are both beauties, Merril. Congratulations!
Thank you very much, Shirley!
Beautiful, Merril,, what a cool issue, too. Congratulations!
Thank you very much, Luanne!
I am thrilled for you. Going over to the site to read your poems now 🤗 yes, the moon is sizzling and so are we in this heat!
Thank you, Pam! Yes, it is very hot–relief later in the week.
Congratulations – two fine pieces – one nostalgic, one philosophical
Thank you very much, Derrick.
Both lovely poems Merril thank you and congratulations for being published in this journal. I look forward to reading MANY others –
Awww–thank you very much!
Merril- they are both so beautiful. Well Done!
Thank you so much, Linda!
Love your poems, Merril. Oh, and congratulations! “Moon Landing” reminded me of when I watched the moon landing with my aunt and her family. No puppies to speak of, and I don’t even remember how I wound up at my aunt’s. That is, I don’t remember if my own mother was there, or if my aunt was giving her a night off 😉 (I was 12.) I just remember the grainy picture on the TV, the dark room (the only light coming from the kitchen, a galaxy away), and a cluster of warm bodies. We watched history being made and then, possibly, my cousins started fighting which they often did. Back to earth 🙂
Thanks so much, Marie. I’m glad I sparked a memory. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Congratulations, Merril! Unfortunately, I’m seeing this a little late, and the link doesn’t work. I’ve even tried a link at Black Bough Poetry on Twitter, with the same result. I’ll keep an eye open, in the event you post the poems to your page.
Thank you, Ken. I appreciate that you went to all the trouble. When I try the links they work. It’s a pdf–is that the problem maybe?
I rebooted my laptop last night. I just tried the link, and it works. 🙂
Moon Landing captures your moment as an outside observer, distractions and all, while Dark Matter underscores the mystery of the unknown. Well done, Merril.
Thank you very much, Ken. It was kind of you to try again to read the poems.