Tuesday, September 07, 2010

True Beauty Shades

I with borrowed silver shine,
What you see is none of mine.
First I show you but a quarter,
like the bow that guards the Tartar;
Then the half, and then the whole,
ever dancing around the pole;
And true it is, I chiefly owe
my beauty to the shades below.
What am I?


  1. I want to say the Moon. Borrowed silver shine - uses suns light. The light you see is not the moons light. Shows quarter moon then half moon then full moon. But I'm lost with "bow that guards the tartar", "ever dancing around the pole", and"owe my beauty to the shades below".

  2. Ever dancing around the pole star? or the Earth's poles? Owe my beauty to the shades below refers to darkness on earth.

  3. It is the moon. I believe the 'dancing around the poles' is a bit of a poetic license, while the shading refers to the craters and the images we see in the moon's face.


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