Poems from The Journey to Kailash

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Defacing the Moon

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Your ship’s sharpened keel
slides across airless seas,
blown by the breath of your desires.

Those sails stretch like skin
to catch the winds of your whimsy,
and the keelblade carves crags
into cheekbones and eyes.

Soon your own face will rise
from the moon’s far side,
awaken and stare down the sun.

“Defacing the Moon” first appeared in Scavenger’s Newsletter, June 1997. Copyright © 1997 by Mike Allen. Reading by the author, © 2011. Art: Still from Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” 1902.

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