Moons Made for You

When I was a boy with a smile, the darkness came
Overtaking me for years and years
It was not easy escaping the blackness, a hole in life
It was not easy moving to the light

But you are light
And I have become a moth to your glow
In the warmth of the shine, I know there is safety
You have locked away the shadows that once held me

I am amazed by this act of pure love
Love is hard for me, as you know
Love for me is like a piece of string
You can wrap it or tie it or just lay it out in a straight line

The full moon moved across me last night
Its brightness, a silver light hanging like a wide curtain
Illuminated my thoughts for a moment
And I was lost in the light

I believe moons were meant for you
There are more than one, you know. There are hundreds out there
Flying in ancient rhythms, orbiting this world and the unfathomed
I think God made the moons for you.
To fly in glimmering freedom

The darkness seems so far away now. Once it was close
I know it will never be out of my life, a fact I accepted long ago
It has a pointed tail snaking out from under the door
But your God moons give it a sheen and shadow

Locked in a helix of light
We fly together, out over the winds, the waves and down the valleys
Into the face of a spiral
And we hear music of re-birth saying this is forever and thank goodness


About tennwriter

FRED BROWN is a retired Senior Writer for The Knoxville News-Sentinel. He has been a journalist for 45 years and is a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Malcolm Law Trophy for Feature Writing and in 1983 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Journalism to study at the University of Michigan. He has published both fiction and nonfiction. Brown has a B. A. Degree in English Literature from Presbyterian College. Other highlights of his career include: Books and Stories Authored: Marking Time: East Tennessee Historical Markers and the Stories Behind Them, published by The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tenn. 2005. Discovering October Roads: Fall Colors and Geology in Rural East Tennessee, published by The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, Tenn., 2001. Co-authored with Harry Moore. The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, published by John F. Blair Publishers, Winston-Salem, N.C., May, 2000. Co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald. Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Writers, published by Emerald House/Blue Ridge Publishing, Fall, 1997. Co-authored with his wife, Jeanne McDonald "We Can Eat Sparrows," New Millennium Writings, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Fall & Winter, 1996. "The Devil's Roost," Voices From the Valley, Knoxville Writer's Guild anthology, 1994. Snake-Handling Believers, 2 chapters in book by Dr. Thomas Burton, University of Tennessee Press, 1993. History of Commission on Religion in Appalachia, 1992-93. "Seniors: Telling Tales to Life's Upperclassmen," Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4, fall 1992. Coker Creek, Crossroads to History, history of a mountain community and its people near Tennessee-Georgia border, 1991. "Character Building," Storytelling Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, fall 1991. The Faces of East Tennessee, a history of East Tennessee Counties, 1990. "Tillman Cadle, Memories of the Coalfields," Now and Then, The Appalachian Magazine, Center for Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University, Vol. 7, No. 7, fall 1990. Trader Jon, a biography; Castle Books, Memphis, 1986. "Mining Reform," Sierra, Vol. 71, No. 5, September/October 1986.
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