The Origins of Lunacy
Big bully brazen barreling boulder of a moon
moon on steroids, moon busting out
of its moon shirt, hulking hulk of a moon.
And there, the pair of wispy cloud wings
discarded by a too-large moon, moon outgrown
such things. Moon moving under full moon power−
batted toward earth, hurled toward earth
cricket moon ten pin moon bowling rolling
strolling moon. Space heater, planet eater,
moon you could devour spoon by spoon.
Greedy young moon still wears his acne scars,
linebacker, dictator, Schwarzenegger with a cowboy
swagger moon; hefty, hairy bombastic talk-show
scary moon. Moon as six-million-watt ceiling
bulb, monstrous, preposterous, Mommy don’t
talk about it moon. Born from meteor massive
as Mars, behold the sky souvenir. Lake
garnish, snow varnish, kiss-me-soon-before-we-die
Jan Pettit’s poetry has appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, South Dakota Review, Rosebud Magazine, Tusculum Review, Natural Bridge, and in Nebraska Presence, an award-winning anthology of poetry by native Nebraskans.