You can take the moon by the spoonful or in capsules every two hours. It's useful as a hypnotic and sedative and besides it relieves those who have had too much philosophy. A piece of moon in your purse works better than a rabbit's foot. Helps you find a lover or get rich without anyone knowing, and it staves off doctors and clinics. You can give it to children like candy when they've not gone to sleep, and a few drops of moon in the eyes of the old helps them to die in peace.
Put a new leaf of moon under your pillow and you'll see what you want to. Always carry a little bottle of air of the moon to keep you from drowning. Give the key to the moon to prisoners and the disappointed. For those who are sentenced to death and for those who are sentenced to life there is no better tonic than the moon in precise and regular doses.
-- Poemas sueltos, 1981 translated by W. S. Merwin