What Do You See When You Look at the Moon?

Rabbit in the Moon
What do you see when you look at the Moon?

There Is a Rabbit in the Moon

There is a rabbit in the Moon,
I saw him one clear night in June.
The ears were clear, his face was too
And two big feet, as rabbits do.
Other people see a man,
And that’s okay, see what you can.
But I am sure I see a bunny,
Even though you think I’m being funny.
They say the Moon’s made of green cheese,
If that’s the case I’d like some, please.
Maybe what’s there is not a rabbit,
Perhaps my eyes have formed a habit.
Maybe it’s just an enormous mouse
Who couldn’t fit in any house.
At least green cheese would keep him fat
Low gravity may help him with that.
Or possibly a big eared-rat
Trying to escape space cats.
But now I’m given pause to ponder,
Of a Rabbit in the Moon, I’m fonder.
If there’s a Man, he has a pet,
It depends just how your eyes are set.
Or maybe when the cow jumped over
It stayed there ‘cause there’s lots of clover.
Next time we send Apollo there,
Photos back to Earth they’ll share.
Then I will have the proof I need,
Of the Rabbit In the Moon, I’ve seen.
great dane in the moon
Great Dane

I See a Great Dane in the Moon

When you gaze at the full moon

What is it that you see?

The mottled surface of a sphere?

Just think what it could be.


Many say they see a man,

“A rabbit!” someone said.

But I see something quite unique,

I see a Great Dane’s head.


A Great Dane? Yes, you heard me right,

A big and lanky pet.

There’s one right there on the Moon’s face,

As clear as you can get.


You can see its nose and muzzle,

Its tongue stuck partly out.

I’m certain it’s a Great Dane,

Of that, I have no doubt.


If you can’t see a Great Dane

You’re not looking at it right.

Just tilt your head a little,

And make sure it’s a clear night.


Moon gazing is like watching clouds,

Though the Moon does not change form.

Well, yes it goes through cycles,

But the full moon is the norm.


“There’s a Great Dane staring down at you,

A watchdog in the Moon…”

That would make one crazy love song

To hear true lovers croon.


John Hansen © 2021


Man has long been fascinated with gazing at the moon and stars. As a child, I loved to look up at the moon on a clear night, especially the full moon, and use my imagination to see if I could make out the face of the famous “man in the moon.” No matter how I tried I could not see a man’s face, but what I could see was a rabbit. Most people wouldn’t believe me but I was adamant. The picture of the moon at the top with my sketch overlaid proves it … well I think it does, even if you beg to differ.

I told this to a friend of mine, and they gazed at the moon long and hard but came up with their own conclusion..they could see the head of a Great Dane in the moon. When I took another look, I could also see that was a possibility. So, there are both a rabbit and a Great Dane in the moon. Maybe you see something else. If you do, please let me know in the comments.


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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “What Do You See When You Look at the Moon?

  • July 10, 2022 at 11:32 AM

    John, I absolutely love this poem! I am a faithful moon and star gazer and often see images of familiar animals, plants, or trees. I also recognize the constellations. Gazing at the moon relaxes me because it sends good vibes to me. What do I see in the moon? I see oceans and sometimes Diana, the moon goddess. Wonderful phrasing, rhythm, and rhyme in your poem. Well done.

  • July 10, 2022 at 6:23 PM

    Hello, Phyllis. So glad to know that you loved this poem, and that the moon holds such a special significance for you. Yes, moon gazing is relaxing I agree. Thank you for sharing some of the things you see as well.

  • July 11, 2022 at 7:51 AM

    Great fun John I enjoyed reading your poetry. What a great idea to stare at the moon and find animals and then create stories. I may do this with my children. Jamie

  • July 11, 2022 at 8:37 AM

    I am glad you found these poems to be a bit of fun, Jamie. Yes, you certainly should do this with your children and get them to all write poems about what animals they see.

  • July 16, 2022 at 7:43 PM

    Nice light hearted poetry John. Love it. I see someone smiling down on us for 1 day a month, pure of soul. The other days his darkness makes an appearance. I guess just a perception of mine. Nice work

  • July 16, 2022 at 8:01 PM

    Thank you, Paul. It is good to write a little light heated verse now and then. Yes, we all see different things that often have special meaning to us. Take care.


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