Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch
photograph of a woman next to a poem by Xenia Tran

We were delighted to learn that Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the dVerse Anthology published in 2017, is going to the moon. It is one of the poetry anthologies selected by Dr Samuel Peralta to be enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon, as a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

The anthology contains a selection of poems written by over 100 poets from all over the world and includes two written by me: Grandma Alice, a poem I wrote for my grandmother’s 100th birthday, and Frozen Footsteps, a haibun written after a walk in Glenmore Forest with our beloved late dogs, Eivor and Pearl.

My grandmother was fascinated by the moon landings and anything to do with space and time. She used to dismantle old clocks and watches to study their inner workings and create ornaments and paperweights with them floating at their centre.

I can imagine her smiling where she is now and it is making everyone who loved her so happy to know that a poem about her is going to the moon. In their own way, Eivor and Pearl will be delighted about this too.

The Anthology will be part of The Polaris Collection, Dr Peralta’s payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole in November 2024.

You can read more about this collection here and more information about the Lunar Codex here.

close up of a paperweight holding the inner mechanics of a watch

Warm-hearted thanks to Dr Samuel Peralta for this wonderful gesture and for filling his amazing moon capsules with poetry and art from around the world.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr; photograph of my grandmother by K H Seeger.

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59 thoughts on “Poems for the Moon – the Lunar Codex”

  1. Xenia, your post this week was an absolute treasure. The poem is marvelous as is your Haibun – both wonderful examples of your work and talent. To think someday someone on the moon might enjoy them as I just did. Fantastic!! Congratulations to you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina, it was such a lovely surprise when I heard about it and it felt a bit surreal! πŸ’› xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Martha! Much love to you, sweet Bear and Teddy from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it is such a lovely and generous gesture by Dr Samuel Peralta πŸ’œ Wishing you a happy rest of the weekend and much love to you and sweet Flynn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ken, it is so lovely of Dr Samuel Peralta to include all these wonderful works πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lois and much love to you and the kitties from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸˆ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cee, it was lovely to see the synchronicity when I opened the reader today πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

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  2. Oh, WOW! Xenia this is fabulous news, your family must be so proud of you. I’m proud of you!!
    Your grandma sounds like she was a fascinating and very wonderful person.
    Thank you for sharing this news with our challenge. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Sue, she was an amazing person and she would love the idea of this poem going to the moon. Thank you so much for hosting this lovely challenge too! πŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, I’m so happy for her and she would love the idea too πŸ’œ xxx

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  3. I love the watch parts ornamenti. Beautiful tribute to your grandmother. My mother made it to 99 1/2, farrrrrr outdistancing anyone else in her large family. I do not expect to come close.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words dear John and how wonderful your grandmother reached 99 1/2! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Laurie! I used to love watching her make these creations when I was a child and all the family have at least one of these treasures that continue to make us smile πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Tracy, it is truly lovely as the team put so much work into creating this anthology πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eileen, it is such an amazing project and an honour to be included πŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Nia and much love back from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸˆ xxx

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  4. Such an amazing tribute to your talent, Xenia, and to your grandmother’s legacy. So sad to hear about your beloved Eivor and Pearl. I’ve been healing so I didn’t know. I will miss their visual presence in your photos.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Olga, wishing you continued healing too πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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