Posts Tagged ‘moon’

More doggerel…

April 26, 2020

April 26, 2018 at 5:53 PM ยท

Butterfly on the Moon. (Nonsense verse inspired by a conversation on the Bangalore Butterfly Club, where Kesava asked how much a butterfly would weigh on the moon!

Thought the butterfly as she flitted over the moon,
“I can’t stay here, I’ll have to leave soon.
“It is a matter that’s sad to state
“But on this place, alas, I have hardly any weight.
“How can I lay eggs or perpetuate my race
“If I can’t even land but float off in space?
“Alas!” she added, ” I may be over the moon
“But it’s the worth of the Earth that is my greatest boon.”

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Chandra, and hope

December 11, 2019

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It seems but a few days ago, O Moon,
That I saw you wasting away to nothing.
Yet here you are, sailing serenely in the clouds,
Smiling at the earth, and at those who see you.
When I am troubled, I should think of you:
After waning, you will wax again to fullness,
Bringing the shining light of eternal hope
To us mortals on Earth.

Butterfly on the Moon

April 26, 2018

Nonsense verse inspired by Kesava Murthy, who wondered how much a butterfly would weigh on the moon

Thought the butterfly as she flitted over the moon,
“I can’t stay here, I’ll have to leave soon.
It is a matter that’s sad to state
But on this place, alas, I have hardly any weight.
How can I lay eggs or perpetuate my race
If I can’t even land but float off into space?
Alas!” she added, ” I may be over the Moon
But it’s the worth of the Earth that is my greatest boon.”

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I must be careful…

November 5, 2014

A lesson I have learnt from the moon.

I may imagine that I am carefully showing only my illuminated, best parts to the world…but my dark side will also show….

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Blood Moon, and Total Lunar Eclipse, 081014

October 8, 2014

Some images I took, though half asleep:

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It was, really, a blood moon:

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The moon almost looked like Mars!

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The moon and the star

May 2, 2014

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If you were the moon and I was a star,
We would have a home in the sky
People would see you from afar
I’d have the right to look on you from close by!

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The Holi Full Moon

March 18, 2014

The full moon of

Holi

festival where evil is burnt up…..

She came up when we were visiting our friends.

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She rose along the side of the buildings:

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She told the children in the playground that it was time to go home:

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She looked like a sandal-paste moon:

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But later, she looked more prosaic:

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Field Notes, organized by the St.Louis Beacon, 18, 19, and 201213

October 20, 2013

I decided to go to the opening event of

“Field Notes”

It was a bonfire, opposite the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

here

are the details.

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I was privileged to meet

Bob Duffy founder of the St.Louis Beacon, who organized the event:

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Archaeologist Dr. Timothy Pauketat gave a presentation about “A Full Moon Over Cahokia Mounds 1000 Years Ago,” explaining the relationship between the structure of Cahokia Mounds and the lunar calendar, and how it wove into Cahokia’s goddess-based religion.

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Here’s Dr Tim Pauketat presenting:

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Cahokia Archaeological President Larry Kinsella showed a collection of archaeological tools from Cahokia Mounds, and talked very interestingly about them, too!

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We had local farmer Rusty Lee and his family demonstrate how to prepare popping corn using agricultural tools.

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Larry Loveless, a St.Louis percussionist and musician, co-ordinated a drummers’ circle.

Another percussionist had brought these Scooti drums from Kenya; he’d bought them there when his son learnt to play the drums.

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Here’s Scott Ragland, a percussionist who teaches at Saint Louis University, on the right:

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He seems to have just had a bright idea in the photo ๐Ÿ˜€

Larry said we should all drum together, and entice the Hunter’s Moon (Sharad Poornima for us) out of her hiding place in the clouds, but she was veiled throughout:

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Larry had a great collection of drums:

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Being used to a culture of being very careful with one’s musical instruments, I was amazed to see him handing them around:

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Larry talked to us, and we began with a small bell signalling the start of the drummers’ circle:

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Along with the popcorn, we also had a great American tradition…that of toasting marshmallows:

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Here’s my marshmallow. This was a first for me! They are made entirely of sugar.

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I met so many interesting people…Larry’s fiancee Aimee, her mother Stephanie, and her friend Heidi…and there was more warmth than the fire was providing!

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Here’s my hand, ready to drum (while the other hand takes the photo!)

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When A came over to pick me up, afterwards, I introduced her to everyone, too, and we had a nice natter together before dispersing. I’m looking forward to the Guided Walk in (where else?) Forest Park, tomorrow…today was a (total) surprise birthday party that DnA threw for me…but more about that later!

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Before the Supermoon…

June 27, 2013

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Plenty of poets have written words
About the moon in June…
But it’s lucky that I can write
About the Supermoon !

At least I wanted to, but alas,
The clouds hid it from sight.
So I decided to post the pics I took
Of the moon, the previous night!

When I see the moon like this,
I can almost see the astronauts..
Stepping gently on lunar soil.
Even my romantic thoughts

Are so down-to-earth! (Or are they
Up-to-moon? I wonder…)
When the moon makes others think of love…
I think,”Apollo 11″…that’s my blunder!

The moon in the clouds

May 30, 2013

Here’s the moon in the clouds.

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Or…is it a ghost in shrouds?

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Is she a woman heavily veiled?

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Or is it just vapour in a trail?

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