Europe N to S: Catch the Moon (7/21/16)


​Today’s Miles: 26

Total Miles: 574.5

Near the Tri-Country Border – July 21, 2016

The moon rises again, its edge a bit faded, hinting at the passing days, reminding me that it will disappear into the daylight soon.

I climb out of Kilpisjärvi to say hello, to watch it arc above the earth, to stand on my tiptoes and pretend like I can reach out and catch it with both hands.

“If I let you go,” I say, “you have bring back the stars when you return.”

The Moon stares down at me, glowing white in the pale sky. 

“Soon,” the moon says. “But why?”

I stare up.

“I miss them,” I say. “I miss the night. It all feels like a memory.”

My hands grow tired and the moon slips away. I don’t try to stop it. They are expecting it in the west, where it already glows on the horizon, and in the east, where it sets as the sun rises.

The moon is just a simple rock anyway, once you pluck it from the sky. It only shines when set free to follow its path, to arc across the sky, to soar into the heavens.

“See you soon,” I say.

“I’ll bring the stars,” the moon promises.

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7 thoughts on “Europe N to S: Catch the Moon (7/21/16)

  1. Such a creative and excellent photo and post!!! You just keep knocking my socks off!!!! Yippee!

  2. “The moon is just a simple rock anyway, once you pluck it from the sky. It only shines when set free to follow its path, to arc across the sky, to soar into the heavens.”

    Gave me goosebumps just reading it Daniel, such a great line; applicable to the moon and also human beings in general. Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. I totally agree with Ignath. Well said by both of you. And what a superb picture. Of course you did inherit the hand-to-eye coordination to be able to catch the moon from somebody……..

  4. Love that pic, D! Love the softness of your encounter with the moon. I bet you miss the night.
    But D, where ever one is on the earth, the full moon rises in the East as the sun sets in the West and the full moon sets in the West as the sun rises in the East. That is why it is full, yes? I must have missed something here. Forgive me, Your Virgo Mom.

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