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FEATURE SUN & MOON
Ithought that if there was no Sun
and no Moon, there would be only
the stars and the darkness between
them. That the Earth would be black
and nothing would move upon the face
of the waters.
Not true. For I have been to a place
of no Sun or Moon, and there were stars,
and the darkness between them. The Earth
was white and a dog called Loki moved
about, eating frozen fish.
Full Moon over Honolulu was beautiful
on New Year 's Eve. A clear warm night,
freshened by rain, which stopped before
midnight. From early evening, fireworks
exploded over various parties in the
hills ringing Waikiki. At midnight, a huge
display of fireworks, akin to Sydney
Harbour same evening, rent the sky over
Days later, with the Moon waning, I
travelled north to Whitehorse, in Canada,
to see the Aurora Borealis. Yes, seeing
the Aurora Australis would have been less
trouble. But I had the chance, so I went.
Moon dark found me bundled into
arctic clothing. Cotton socks, followed
by woollen socks. Undies, bra, silk long
underwear, jeans, shirt. Then came the
arctic overalls, with jeans tucked into
arctic boots that resembled black moon
boots, and made my feet six sizes larger
than they really are. Arctic parka, woollen
beanie, pull up the parka hood. Tuck
a scarf around the face. Look in the
mirror -- Michelin Man.
© NOVA JUNE 2010
Helen Patrice heads north in search of a celestial
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