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re; Landscape of the Daylight Moon - Jeremy Hooker
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Jeremy Hooker wrote of this poem that he was inspired by Paul Nash's paintings of the daylight moon, something that you will see from November, if you are up early enough that is, is the moon high in the sky with the sun to the east breaking the horizon.

I first saw it inland,
Suddenly, round white sides
Rose through the thin grass
And for an instant, in the heat,
It was dazzling; but afterwards
I thought mainly of darkness,
Imagining the relics of an original
Sea under the chalk, with fishes
Beneath the fields. Later,
Everywhere upon its surface
I saw the life of the dead;
Circle within circle of earthen
Shells, and in retrace curves
Like finger marks in pale sand,

The print of a primaeval lover.
Once, climbing a dusty track,
I found a sunshaped urchin,
With the sun's rays, white
With the dusts of the moon,
Fetish, flesh become stone,
I keep it near me. It is
A mouth on darkness, the one
Inexhaustible source of re-creation

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Posted by moss
30th November 2008ce

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