The Relationship

You said "look, there is
a full moon!" as if witnessing

a newborn's head cresting
from the tight, dark groin
of the underworld,

as if this planet
with all its silence
and poverty

could be saved
by a floating pearl.

And that missing, unseen, 
round bodied shadow 
we recognize as self 

with its secret jealousy
of unobstructed light

keeps faithfully spinning
beneath our insensible feet.

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