The Man in the Moon

there’s a bench on the moon
where my father sits
reading Byron in the shade

whistling Amazing Grace
smiling like the photo on the wall
whispering my mother’s name

while he waits
watching the horizon
for the earth and I to appear

until our eyes
in the moonlight

where we take turns
then laughing


"An Abstracted Expression of Intrigue and Fear," © TJ Edson

“An Abstracted Expression of Intrigue and Fear,” © TJ Edson


Alan D. Harris writes short stories, plays, and poetry based primarily upon the life-stories of friends, family and total strangers. Harris is the 2011 recipient of the Stephen H. Tudor Scholarship in Creative Writing and the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize winner from Wayne State University. In addition he is the father of seven, grandfather of six, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee in both 2013 and 2014.

TJ Edson is the Art Director of Oddball Magazine and a volunteer at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery. He has also had work appear recently in Terrarium.