Dear moon it's ten years since my last letter and things are exactly the same. Do you ever get nervous?
Dear moon I mean do you think it's true you'll turn to blood one day or be abashed at the judgment? If so, I will stand in the gap for you. Check it out: The moon. What? He was a good guy!
Dear moon I'd like to hear more about you. Do fat lips and whirling cafeterias remind you of my childhood? Do you fear the birth of an extroverted, brighter moon? I suppose you aren't afraid of anything, except-- PWBB's?
Dear moon seriously what are you afraid of plump white beach bums? All the pornos and light pollution? You can outsmart that stuff with truth! for it is nearly 2020 here. (Will you not help us construct it?
Dear moon one would think with all the gushing praise you receive in lore, song, and scripture, one would think you would at some point have occupied a vineyard, drunk of it, then gotten behind the wheel. Yet you abide.
Dear moon it's official I'm changing my location and getting a tattoo of you!
Hey. Our relationship feels different here on this tan paddle boat tossed to and fro by the indifferent wind and waves. I can't tell if I feel closer to you or if I hate you.
Dear moon you don't say much. I respect that.
Dear moon TRUE. Men give awards to men. Some like to talk about where you come from but right now, I just wanna hear about your day and laugh together?
Dear moon if it came to it, I would protect you from Mars.
Dear moon you need to start talking because Phew, I need some advice. Of the sex move variety.
Dear moon it worked: I'm a dad!
Dear moon, do you believe in creeks and the act of splashing just because? In future letters, we will try to get to the bottom of it dear moon please, is creek play recorded in the book of life!? all my dreams came true and I still don't know what we're here for, what any of us are here for including you. Screw it. Lights camera flip-flops. Meet me there tonight.
Dear moon where were you? I waited then I thought I felt a snake.
Nathan Parker's first book, The Locust Diagrams, was published by Noemi Press in 2015. He lives with his wife and three children in Northport, Alabama, where he teaches English at the University of Alabama.