Opera Roanoke’s Scott Williamson and our Moon Rock

Scott Williamson, artistic director of Opera Roanoke, penned this poem after visiting the Moon Rock we have on loan from NASA.

Moon RockAt the Science Museum of Western Virginia

This like a dream | Keeps other time, | And daytime is | The loss of this (from “This Lunar Beauty,” W. H. Auden)

The crystal shivers through
your impossibly old body,
moon-rock, lunar idol,
fascination block on view
here beneath the butterfly
pavilion. I quiver,
circling the pedestal
supporting your extra-
terrestrial mass, which
I expect, any nanosecond
now, to break out, shatter
glass, and streak free
across a room that can’t
possibly cage 33 million millennia.


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