The Whole of the Moon

At dusk tonight my wife pointed up and said, “What a beautiful moon!” It was just a sliver, but it was indeed beautiful. C, seeing it too, summed it up best with his expression.

Reflecting on this now, a few hours later, I’m reminded of the song The Whole of the Moon by the Waterboys. I can’t say specifically why, other than the obvious connection to the moon. But perhaps it’s because there is another story in the song, a story of one person who can’t let go of reality, and someone else who sees only joy.

Guess who is me, and who is C?

The Whole of the Moon

I pictured a rainbow
You held it in your hand
I had flashes but
You saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years
While you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

You were there in the turnstiles
With the wind at your heels
You stretched for the stars
And you know how it feels
To reach too high (too high)
Too far (too far)
Too soon (too soon)
You saw the whole of the moon

I was grounded
While you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw “Brigadoon”
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
Yeah

I spoke about wings
You just flew I wondered
I guessed and I tried
You just knew and I sighed
And you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

The torch in your pocket
And the wind on your heels
You climbed on the ladder
And you know how it feels
To get too high (too high)
Too far (too far)
Too soon (too soon)
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

Unicorns and cannonballs
Palaces and Piers
Trumpets, towers, and tenaments
Wide oceans full of tears
Flags, rags, ferryboats
Scimitars and scarves
Every precious dream and vision
Underneath the stars
Yes, you climbed on the ladder
With the wind in your sails
You came like a comet
Blazing your trail
Too high (too high)
Too far (too far)
Too soon (too soon)
You saw the whole of the moon

The whole of the moon
Yeah, you saw the whole of the moon

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