The full moon illustrates gods
or statues, selfhood perfected:
avenues, backdrops give down to
the powerful lapse of the shore—
spadework: stones, figs, goldenrods,
precessions of zodiacs fed
out of reality ripen new
tinfoil divinity clangor
assuming the nimble creation,
marble and petal and castle
of sand and the fall-away tide,
thunderbolts of implausible
properties; skies of the world slide
to a crisis of the prodigious sun.
Robert H. Waugh is the author of The Monster in the Mirror: Looking for H. P. Lovecraft (2006), A Monster of Voices: Speaking for H. P. Lovecraft (2011), and essays on J. R. R. Tolkien and other writers of fantasy and science fiction. His poetry has been published in numerous magazines and journals and books, including Codhill Press's Thumbtacks, Glass, Pennies. He is a professor emeritus of English at the State University of New York at New Paltz.