O Moon! Tell my why
In Thy caressings of the Earth –
Thy golden beams from the sky
Waves in seas and oceans doth make –
But stir not the waters of the lake?
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
As someone who has studied the physical sciences, I should know the answer to the question proposed as to why the moon’s gravitational pull causes waves and tides in the oceans (probably far more the latter than the former), but not so in lakes. However, I can only speculate that bodies of waters in lakes are not large enough to be so influence, but cannot say so for sure. Also, the effects would probably be so small it isn’t nearly as easily as detected for the ocean, where there are noticeable changes in the tides because it’s not the case everywhere, or all the time. In a lake, the effects of the winds are probably far more pronounced than gravitational effects of the moon, just like in the ocean with huge waves in storms. It’s just that in the ocean, the gravitational effects can also be seen.
Does this really matter that much to me, though? The answer is no. If it did, I’d have gone to research it by now, or right now. I almost prefer to keep some artistic innocence and just enjoy this poem as it were, thinking of the moon’s gravitational interaction with the Earth’s as being a bit like a caressing motion that just gently moves things a tad like the ocean and its tides, the way a person moves another person’s skin on a caress. Then just ask so why does it not occur in a lake?
Commenters who wish to answer my question for me, please feel free. Saves me time to research. I won’t be offended to lose my artistic innocence. 🙂
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.