"Look how the pale queen of the silent nightSometimes the final minutes of sunset coincides with the first minutes of moonrise in the eastern sky. When this occurs on a cold early January night with almost clear skies, there is no more magical place to be than at the beach; with a fairly thick coat and a good set of ear muffs to fend off the constant breeze that blows from the east, of course. Very few people venture out to the water when it is this cold and when the sand is blowing and often you are essentially alone with the seagulls, the sand and the stars... and moon. The sound of breaking waves never stops but the white crests are lost in the setting sun.
Doth cause the ocean to attend upon her...."
~ Charles Best, "A Sonnet of the Moon"
At first, the moon is a pale orange disk hovering low over the water and still reflecting the orange rays of the setting sun; but slowly and deliberately it ascends in tiny increments... higher and higher... and as it does so, its light seems to intensify and glow, almost to the point of being "icy hot". This seems to be an impossible oxymoron, but look.. the light of the moon turns blue and cold and icy... and yet seems bright enough to burn. This light dispels the darkness of night, just enough to see actual color of the sky and transforms the rolling ocean waves into a swath of dancing diamonds.
"How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!"
~ George Croly, Diana
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Carmi's Theme ~ Night