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MIS­TAKEN IDEN­TITY

I used to think the moon was just
the sun when it was tired
and did not have the strength to shine
but had not yet expired,

and when the sun came back, I thought,
it was the moon made strong
by sleep and rest to shine again
in bril­liance all day long.

But then, one day, I glanced above.
The sky was bright and cheery,
and I could see both moon and sun.
Well, so much for my the­ory!

I later learned the shin­ing moon
reflects the shin­ing sun,
and though the sun and moon are two
the shin­ing is just one,

and so, it seems, what I had thought
was sort of, kind of, right:
our moon is just the way our sun
shines down on us at night.