Like the extraordinary event full blood lunar eclipse visible in the Americas and Far East this Wednesday October 8th, there has been a meeting of a new Folding Mirror poem and the 29th reflection from 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections on this here blog over the last twenty-four hours.
And as like the Earth hides sunlight from the moon for an eclipse, the mirror poem and reflection are about humans hiding their true feelings and personalities behind ‘masks’ for the outside world.
Werewolf Blood Moon Jokes Aside
Setting poetry aside for un momento, the Huffington Post descended to werewolf humour to report the upcoming lunar eclipse, before rising up again with a clear map:
‘If you’ve been feeling a strong urge to howl lately, there’s a reason why: A full “blood moon” is coming Oct. 8… All werewolf jokes aside, the total lunar eclipse will be the second — and final — “blood moon” of the year. It will be visible in the United States and Canada early Wednesday morning, with better viewing for those in the western part of the continent, as indicated in the map below.
New Folding Mirror Poem
Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem isn’t a million miles away from the lunar eclipse in subject matter, being about the changing of the seasons in the two world hemispheres marked by the passing of the second equinox of the year.
For the northern hemisphere, this half year seems the ideal time to write, what with less sunshine and heat to entice you out for frolicking in feelgood spring and summer endorphin stimulating UV-rays. Here it is:
Cumulus Closes Mind Space, Focusing Inwards In Words
October rain lubricates writing
mind down to arms and fingers
thick grey cloud inkwells
providing pools playing wordplay
sky reflected in puddles
mirroring two halves of poetry
stay indoors and create, half year to wait
for our hemisphere’s axial tilt
to return sun seasons
equinox marking spring return
thinking back to last
year when natural heat felt new
before six months flew
Reflection 29 of Mirror Poem
That was written when Marc thought the world was mostly made up of good people with unconscious bad judgement, rather than bad people with conscious bad judgement… bad judgement either because of born minds, skewed education, or bad judgement for the rest of the world because it suits them (I’m sorry if that’s a little negative, and it was probably inspired more by watching The Rum Diary about gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson meeting many ‘masks’ back in the late 1950s and 1960s while writing this than knowing what Marc was thinking at the time of writing!).
Anyway, once again I have digressed. Here’s Reflection 29:
I Like Your Mask
Why should you believe I like you
when I say I don’t care about myself
perhaps it’s because I can’t read your mind
as clearly as I can mine.
But the more I see of you
the more I think we’re no different
just humans living day to day
some with better masks than others.