August 23, 2009

Where’s the moon?

This morning on the 2 train, a large white-haired man boarded in downtown Brooklyn, wearing overalls and a hat covered with all manner of buttons, clutching a worn, wrinkled photocopy. As the train started to move, he sat up straight, held the paper aloft, and began reciting the following to the assembled commuters, in the sing-song tone of a storyteller or a town cryer. This continued until I exited the train, a few stops later, and has been playing in my head for the better part of the day.

Where’s the moon, where’s the moon?
Where’s the moon, where’s the moon?

The globe in Columbus Circle–that’s the Earth.
The moon’s on 63rd Street West;
It’s a simple test
Of spacial reality.

How well did you do?

Where’s the moon, where’s the moon?
Where’s the moon, where’s the moon…?


  1. Deron Bauman on August 23rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm


  2. ThoughtsDaughter on August 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    That same man was on the 3 train this morning (8/25) when a fight broke out between this man and woman (the woman initiated and really kicked his tail) and all he kept saying for minutes later was “what happened what happened?” then after about 2 stops he began anew with the “where is the moon” quote. I did a google to find it because I was about to blog about it – so thank you for posting it up!

  3. Austin Mankey on August 31st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Found this post by googling that quote exactly. Caught him on the 1 train uptown this evening and also can’t get it out of my head.

  4. webster on September 23rd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    that quote was stuck in my head when he was on the 2 train

  5. Sam on October 7th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Glad someone else has written about this guy. I saw him a month or two ago, and wrote the quote down in a book I was reading at the time. I think he is or was a religious Jew. I also thought he was crazy, but during his ramblings, I looked over at him and smiled, and he looked me directly in the eye and gave me a smile like, “Don’t worry, I’m in on the joke.” He was wearing some buttons too, but I can’t remember what they looked like.