THE MOON BEHIND CLOUD

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the Night of the Birthday. They have eaten cake baked fresh in the Turbo Oven. They have planned the trip to Lennox Head and the party at Ilnam Winery . They work on their computers and HE opens e-cards from AUSTLIT. But the Moon is unseen behind cloud. There are lights at the Jets Football Club in the Valley and the necklace of houses lit on the Heights. But the Moon is behind the Clouds – for now. What else is behind the Clouds ?

The hazy, cloudless skies of Indian Summer. Leaves scurrying down the street
before the wind. The cold shiver from an arctic blast. Indian Summer. The last
warmth of the sun. Chilly mornings and glorious warm afternoons. The Harvest
Moon. The Hunter’s Moon. The Rainy Season. Dry corn stalks clattering in the
wind. The touch of frost on grass and window pane. The smell of burning leaves.
–   Keith C. Heidorn

Once upon a Lammas Night
When corn rigs are bonny,
Beneath the Moon’s unclouded light,
I held awhile to Annie…
The time went by with careless heed
Between the late and early,
With small persuasion she agreed
To see me through the barley…
Corn rigs and barley rigs,
Corn rigs are bonny!
I’ll not forget that happy night
Among the rigs with Annie!
–   Robert Burns

Swift as thought it was done – in an instant he fled Behind the church portal to hide; And brighter and brighter the moon-beam was shed, As the dance they still shudderingly plied; But at last they began to grow tired of their fun, And they put on their shrouds, and slipped off, one by one, Beneath, to the homes of the dead

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