Two Full Moons

Rabbit rabbit on the moon,
what does it see when it leaps?
It sees the harvest moon.
                                  —Japanese folk song

But I don’t see any rabbit up there.

Really? The rabbit is right there,
making rice cakes.

I don’t see a rabbit.
I see a man in the moon.
The man is right there. See?
He has two eyes and a round mouth.

No, that is a rabbit.
You can see its long ears.


Right up there, above its head…


Mark Zimmermann lived in Japan from 1990-91 and 1993-2001. His first poetry book, Impersonations, was published by Pebblebrook Press in 2015. His work has been nominated for three Pushcart prizes, and appears in recent issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, Rosebud, New Verse News, and Stoneboat. “Two Full Moons” is part of a work in progress centered on his years in Japan.