Phases

If you thought
the moon was missing
one piece this morning,
like a bone-white china cup
carelessly dropped
by someone

please remember:
the moon is always whole—

It’s just sometimes
she will show you
her whole shape,
her roundness, her grace
when she is reflecting
hot light from the sun.

Other times

she won’t.


Colleen Alles is a writer living in West Michigan. Her first full-length poetry collection, After the 8-Ball, is forthcoming in March of 2022 from Cornerstone Press (The University of Wisconsin). When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys distance running and spending time with her family. You can find her online at www.colleenalles.com, on Instagram at ColleenAlles_author, and on Twitter at @ColleenAlles.

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