Gingerbread House Lit Mag

5th Graders and the Phases of the Moon

The first lesson is to try
to put the images in order.
The truth is, that fickle disk
has never held their attention.

The second task is to chart
observations night by night,
see how changeable she is
in arrivals, departures, even size.

In a darkened room we watch
one ball circle a bright source,
learn how what we see
is only partly true.

The last task is to open doors,
open windows, to step out,
out into a universe where
we have no buttons or switches,
out into the reality
we cannot turn off and on.

Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton has recent and upcoming publications in Common Ground, Louisiana Review, Pontiac Review, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. Poet Lore, Limestone, Louisiana Literature, Off the Coast, Palaver, San Pedro River Review, O.V.S. Magazine, Blue Unicorn, Poem, Tipton Poetry Review, November Bees, All Roads Lead You Home, The Aurorean, The 3228 Review, Abbey and others. She has published 17 books, most recently, Such Deaths from the Visual Arts Cooperative Press in Chicago. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.

Artwork: Sarah Ann Loreth

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