The moon is always disappearing,
waning a little more with each lunation.
Each year, astronomers say, it moves
another inch and a half further away.
The root of the word eclipse
comes from the Greek for abandonment.

What creature killed the rabbit overnight,
cracked its chest wide
and pulled out each organ, glistening
in pink and blue membrane sacs?
Who robs the treasure chest
then leaves the jewels behind?

Now the first hard frost rents the ground
and the maple leaves begin to turn.
T’Shuvah: for our length of days.
Split open my chest; I will steal
one waning hour to add
to the great storehouse of night.