Red Moon Tonight

The moon, aloft already
in the hazy sky to the south,
illuminates like a dim bulb, and yet

the tall canary grasses
in the fields next door shine
below a moody line of evergreen.

In the distance, a bull frog
echoes another, and a young girl,
so far away only the rising lilt of her voice

can be heard, asks a question in the dark.
There is no other sound, except the tires
of a faraway car as it rolls along the highway.

A mist rises up across the far acres,
and the coyotes begin to sing
in the woods just across the way.

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