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Landscape with Translucent Moon

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 4, 2013
pp. 100-101 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0097

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Palm trees, like old pilings, tip
in the sand toward the Maldive Islands still.
The moon,
          a slice of green coconut, floats
in a sky streaky with cloud.

Eight winters after the tsunami hit,
               offshore
the coral reef is reinventing itself
by fits and starts, by hook and foot
and reef-wasn’t-built-in-a-day
               steady calm.
Patience comes easy to gastropods.

The after-war
news is of atrocity, in this like
               before-, during, after-
war news everywhere: rape, torture, mass graves,
the usual list, human power
reasserting itself
               on the bodies of others.

Deep in the once
               jungled, once war-riven
Tamil north, a Buddha carved in living stone
still falls smiling into death,
               serene these last thousand years.
How many wars
has that peace survived?

It’s said that just before he died,
the historical Buddha
              sent south to Sri Lanka
a slip from the original
enlightenment tree at Bodh Gaya.
That tree planted between the sites of tsunami and war
is now the oldest tree on earth, a living
               emblem of compassion
for these last two thousand years.

It’s guarded night and day at gunpoint.

Jennifer Atkinson  

Jennifer Atkinson is the author of four collections of poetry. The most recent, Canticle of the Night Path, won Free Verse’s New Measure Prize in 2012. Poems have appeared in journals including Field, Image, Witness, New American Writing, Poecology, Terrain and Cincinnati Review. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University.

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Jennifer Atkinson. "At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”." The Missouri Review 36.4 (2013): 99-105. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Atkinson, J.(2013). At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”. The Missouri Review 36(4), 99-105. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Jennifer Atkinson. "At the Chernobyl Power Plant Eco-reserve, and: Landscape with Translucent Moon, and: The Understory, and: Landscape with Peregrine Falcon and Hart Crane, and: Refingering the Chords for “Blackberry Blossom”." The Missouri Review 36, no. 4 (2013): 99-105. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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