On the moon’s craggy canvas,
our brains brushstroke a face
with droopy lids and fleshy smile
from craters and ancient lava flows.
We spot Demeter on a russet,
the Virgin Mary in a quesadilla,
Our Lady of Lourdes on an oak bark,
reclining woman as Mt. Tamalpais,
amazons battling cumulus nimbus,
a smiley face emoji on Venus.
We cannot help but to make things up,
turn Rorschach projections
into angels and clowns––
even the fin of a fish left on a plate
is devoured by a Michelin star
in the squint of an eye,
as we interpret and redefine
the world through imagination,
finding meaning where we make it,
making meaning where we find it.
Andrena Zawinksi will be reading at Rosanna’s on Sunday, Aug. 6 to promote her new book “Landings!”