Rosa's Prose Archives:Hero Moon

I used to think the sun was drowning and the moon's fingers on the water were a celestial rescue mission. Every night, the same hero moon dove for its friend the sun; every morning the sun was found and hung out to dry in the clean white clouds.
That was before I knew about the tides and rotation of the earth; hemispheres and gravity. These are all good things and I'll believe this story too, but sometimes I like to think about the moon and how he rescued the sun.

I think I wrote this about 15 years ago for a collaborative zine of which I was editor, 'Drink'. (It was made of paper and published via all-night sessions at Kinkos. Ah....the paper zine: Anyone remember those?) Anyway, I thought of this piece tonight when G was talking about the beach we saw today, the sand all but eaten up by stormy crashing waves. "The beach is all over." she said, very matter-of-factly. B tried to explain about the moon being like a big magnet, controlling the influx of the tides. I don't think she got it.


Blessed said...

how romantic--I like your version.

and when G is older, we just saw a great documentary about how planet Earth is specifically suited for life, esp. its rotation speed and axis, its distance from the sun, the presence of water, etc. But it did a really good job explaining how the moon affects the tides, I thought. So whenever you are ready for that explanation, I recommend the video. : ) Wonders of God's Creation Vol 3.

The Contessa said...

Rosa, I love this! And I remember "Drink"!
As a matter of fact, I probably still have a copy somewhere.

The Contessa said...

I just realized who this reminds me of!... Brian Andreas! (http://www.storypeople.com/storypeople/Home.do)
Are you familiar with him? If not, I'll have to loan you one of his books. I love him.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.