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12/18/2013 07:17 am ET Updated Feb 17, 2014

Featured Fifty Poetry: If We Had No Moon

John Borneman writes poetry and short fiction that covers an eclectic range of topics from "home town" to "science fiction and fantasy." He is an engineer whose right and left brains constantly battle for supremacy, but no winner has yet been declared. John has been published in various small print and online publications and his work has been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award and honorably mentioned in the "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2006."

I am 57 years old and have been writing poetry semi-seriously for the past ten years. I have had my poems published in small paper and online venues.

Some poems come from a idea, some from an intriguing vision, and some come from a title. This poem started when I saw an advertisement for a TV special called "If We Had No Moon." It grew from there.

If We Had No Moon

If we had no Moon

the face of the Earth would be covered in water,

the sky airless and hot.

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If we had no Moon

tides would not have yanked the fishes from the sea,

legs would not have thought to sprout,

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If we had no Moon

our gods would have been greatly diminished,

and our stars forced to travel the night sky without companion.

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If we had no Moon

Humanity would not have bravely taken that small step,

leaping off the edge of our netless earth into space.

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If we had no moon

then last Tuesday evening would not have been crisp,

crickets and frogs would not have harmonized quietly in the yard.

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If we had no Moon

I would never have been able to see your face quite so clearly

as I knelt on your father's porch,

watching you place my future back into its felt box,

hand it to me with a chilling caress of your finger

on the back of my arm and tell me

'I'm sorry, no.'