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by this time 
he was primarily confined to bed 
even a walk across the bedroom too much a strain 

one evening 
when the moon shone brightly 
Shiki longed simply to view earth's closest neighbor 
but alas - from every vantage point he tried 
he could not directly see the sphere outside the lone window 

he recorded his impressions of the outdoor scene 
all as revealed in the moon glow 

       the silhouetted treetops of a distant forest 

       a low bank of puffy white clouds 

       a wired parrot cage etched in moonlight 

       the shifting angles of shine and shadow as night progressed 

everywhere the effects of lunar light but no glimpse of the moon itself 

sometimes the writing is more potent for what is left unsaid 

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