Every star in the night sky shone brightly
As Don headed down a quiet road

But he was not lonely for
They were always there to keep him company

And their distant Sister
the Moon
also cast Her silvery light
down upon the vast openness of
the desert plain

Where Cactuses stood
Few and far apart
Drinking in her rich nectar
Until they glowed themselves
And shared the light
With the plain.

As the Moon rose
To the very height
Of Heaven itself
The plain became radiant
As though a fog hung over it.

A pack of Coyotes
Slunk across this silent world
Of soft silver and shadows
And though Don was an old soul
He did not fear them for he rode
Along in silence in his sleek
Black car
A gift to himself after many long years
Of hard work and little time off
Though now he felt sad
For he knew he wouldn't be going back
He felt the same sadness
When he glanced at his wife
Next to him
Her soft blonde hair turned silver too
by the Moon's touch

She had been a good wife
Was her name
And she had fit with Don like
A noble's hand in a tailored
Silk glove

He did not want to leave her
But in the distance a hill
Began to form
Gently rolling into existence
As he neared
Until finally it covered the entire horizon and the stars burned
Brightly above it
Like millions of tiny candles
Upon this beautiful hill

Luna would be safe
When he reached the top
He smiled at her
Though she slept
And he silently
Closed the door to the car and walked down the delicate slope
Into a valley of lush greens
Still brushed with that rich silver
That She gave off so generously
The moon in all her glory in the Sky
Perched high above on that hill

While I walked I could hear her calling to me
My wife must have stirred from her sleep
Though I moved with grace
Down that hill
And the car ran warm
She still woke
And she called to me
At first the sound pleasant like home
Drawing me back to the woman
I loved
While I moved further into that sea of greens and silver
the sound lost it's warmth
It's allure dwindled until
it was nothing more than
A hum in the distance

Don looked back
Only to witness
a sky of green leaves above
And he knew he would not see
Luna again
perched high in the sky
Not on this Night
at least