Poetry at the Post: No Longer Married To The Moon

poem in praise of menstruation
BY LUCILLE CLIFTON

if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon if

Earthrise taken by Apollo 8 in 1968
Earthrise taken by Apollo 8 in 1968

“…there was a Mumbanyo man who wanted to kill the moon. He had discovered his wife bled each month and accused her of having another husband. She laughed and told him all women were married to the moon. ” (From Euphoria by Lily King)

Moonrise over Mano Prieto  photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2013
Moonrise over Mano Prieto
photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2013

For so long I wanted to divorce
that man in the moon
now that I have, I miss him.