The Moon Has No Light

by horngyih

The moon, gray, lifeless and dull
– it gives off no light,
for it has none of it’s own.
Hung high in the sky
it shies away
in the light of the sun,
like stars,
who has its own light,
and brightens up the sky.

And as the sun goes away,
as it must
and the Earth turns its face
towards the cold darkness of space,
the moon hung in its place
reflects the light of the star
back to the Earth.

People would say,
“Hark! See there
how beautifully bright
is the moon.”
Alas, they are mistaken –
for it gives of no light
for it has none of it’s own.

However, for those brief hours
of sunless darkness
the moon,
bathed in the light of stars,
shines – and gives
the promise of light
to bridge over
the hours of darkness
men have come to call the night.
Until the sun once again
fills the sky with true light
and men calls it day.

And there,
hung up in the sky,
the moon shies away
it gives off no light,
for it has none of it’s own.