HONORARY PAPUAN (“Under A Common Moon” – August Postcard Poems 2021)

“Can you reveal, my darling, a surprise about the Moon?”

SSShhh!

Can you keep a secret?

One only six people in

Papua, New Guinea

already understand?

On the night

of the New Moon

in April

when the evening

slow dances

with the stars

Pour out a jigger

of rum

onto a circle

of stones

Then ask

the Hidden Moon

to reveal

her given name

She will whisper it

deliberately

into your sleeping

left ear

Hold her finger

to your lips

while she silently utters

“Hush”

Leaving only

an indentation

above your upper lip

as evidence of

your Joint Conspiracy

(Copyright 2021)

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