Darwin and the Moon

Poetry


when Darwin looked at the Moon
and saw and knew
just what we see
and know
might his gaze
have searched there
between the moon-seas and moon-mountains
for moon-cities and moon-villages
upon which flashed the thought
of how moon-evolution transpired
what that rocky nature
had chosen
whether there might be gods up there
and hope
for a better future
yes – what did Darwin think
looking up from a Galapagos island
at the blood-red full moon

Translated by Adam Cullen


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