Dan Guenther is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a regular contributor to this blog. The author of four novels, his Glossy Black Cockatoos was the 2010 Colorado Authors’ League award selection for genre fiction. His collection of selected poems, The Crooked Truth, won the following year for poetry.
Blood Moon in Perigee, September 2015
© Dan Guenther
The return of cold weather brought clear night skies across the Great Divide, and a number of noted back country photographers hiked up to photograph the blood moon in perigee. Over in Vail the ski bums and snowboarders began their annual rendezvous as the aspens turned to gold, with the lunar orb swinging closest to the Earth like a lone, luminous eye staring back from the heavens. Everything in this high country is part of a cycle, including those visits from celebrities who celebrate themselves down at the Black Hawk casinos, each spinning in an orbit of their own making:
A single wolf from Wyoming was spotted tracking south along the alpine heights, drifting back to an ancestral home where his howl became one, once again, with the mountain wind blowing through the darkness.