Poets love to write about the moon.

Give me the moon, the silver moon,
light my way with a silver light –
let me feast on slivers of silvery cake,
on silver crescents of silver lemons,
floating in silver cups, on a silver tray.
This morning, she burned everything –
armfuls of dandelions and buttercups,
bundles of letters, piles of clothes.
She laughed, and told me she loves the sun –
burn everything, she says, burn my poems –
they’ll warm the world. Burn everything, then,
but leave me this cool garden, purpled
with twilight, a stream of silver winding
like thread. Leave me a statue, a star;
fish me a silver coin from the well,
fish a white pebble from the river,
pick a white lily from the lake,
and give me the moon.

Lillian is hosting at dVerse tonight, and we’re compounding – or, rather, de-compounding. There are 3 compound words taken apart in here – moonlight, sunburn and starfish.

13 thoughts on “Poets love to write about the moon.

  1. Oh Sarah, this is so very well done. Sunburn is included so well….the repetition used throughout makes it all flow so well.

    I am most especially smitten with these lines and the use of the root words for the compound word within these lines:
    “Leave me a statue, a star;
    fish me a silver coin from the well,
    fish a white pebble from the river,
    pick a white lily from the lake,
    and give me the moon.”

    Thank you so much for posting to the prompt! I think of you often – and send positive thoughts your way.

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    • Thank you – I really enjoyed this prompt. I feel like my poems have been getting smaller and tighter and sparser recently – minimalist poems – so it was great fun to just word-splurge for a change! I needed that.

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  2. This is absolutely exquisite, Sarah! 💝 I especially love; “Burn everything, then, but leave me this cool garden, purpled with twilight, a stream of silver winding like thread.” Yes, we do love to write about the moon 😀

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  3. OH so gorgeous. I loved the way you played with the colour of “silver” and the story is so intriguing. And this….. “burn my poems – they’ll warm the world”. What a fantastic line.

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  4. Well THAT brought out the best…! Wonderful use of the compound there, in last stanza, but such a powerful pull to hour words, at first light, but them more heavy, more profound, the words carrying more weight…wonderful verse. A pleasure to read.

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  5. This was wondrous to read – especially enjoyed these …just lovely

    Leave me a statue, a star;
    fish me a silver coin from the well

    leave me this cool garden, purpled
    with twilight, a stream of silver winding

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  6. Love the repetition of the silver moon, the burning, the fish, and finally back to the moon. Great use of the compound words specially, a star; fish….. Well done Sarah.

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  7. We have an eldercare organization here where the inmates are called Silvers. I could sense the calmness of the ambience in your poem, and why they preferred the word Silver, for a phase others call Golden Years.

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