Two Moons

Farasha Euker

If the Sun and Moon should doubt, / They'd immediately go out.

William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”
By living on a planet with one sun
and one moon,
it seems to have given rise
in our very beings
to a view of the universe
that is ordered and unitary.

There is something to be said for
chaos and polytheism.
Two moons,
multiple moons may have reinforced the
ancient propensity towards pluralism.

Why then did the ancients have
such pluralistic conceptions?
For them, the universe was a wide
open space that gently,
gently, harbored the Gods.

Heidegger is not naive:
he knows that what science states
about our solar system is largely true,
but he vociferously states
that the Copernican revolution was an
It was a travesty for our hearts
and minds.

The ancients felt that the sky was a numinous brightness
and stars were holes poked in a curtain that draped our world
to shield us from a beauty
we could not fathom.
Sure, balls of matter
and gas
may be more accurate,
but what does it matter!?
The ancient theory is far, far more beautiful,
a beauty that was reflected from our souls
as from a brightly polished mirror,
whereas now our souls,
after centuries of bombardment by unity,
and logic,
have become dull,
and rusty,
like an old mining machine.