. I asked the moon, "Do you feel all alone?" She said, "I have no time. I've lots to do. To all the stars, I am a chaperone. Tonight I'm in good company with you." I asked the moon, "Do you begrudge the sun?" She said, "my heart's devoid of jealousy. Besides the job I do could not be done without the nightly light she lends to me." I asked the moon, "Why shine upon my face, when I feel so unworthy of your glow?" She said, "my child, you're worthy of my grace like every other form of life below." I said, "you are so beautiful, my friend. How does it feel to rule nocturnal skies?" She said "I do not rule. I just attend to everything from stars to fireflies. "I am no queen. I'm only meant to serve and keep the void of darkness well at bay. My purpose here is mostly to observe and keep you safe until the break of day." I smiled then bid the moon a fond goodnight and thanked her for the haven of her beams. Then in a cloud, she vanished from my sight, but on the wind I heard her say "Sweet dreams." . . Dave Irby is a retired law enforcement officer and a U.S. Air Force veteran, currently living in Halifax, VA.