Sunday, November 28, 2010

Poetry Potluck - Nature: Plants, Creatures, the Cosmos

Phases of the Moon

I have been out with the full moon,
Out among the revelers:
We dance and sing-
Cavorting beasties
On a microscope slide,
Bright and shining;

The sounds of clinking glasses,
And Laughter –
Silly, flirtatious and hearty-
Fill my head with ‘other’
It is great fun.

But now, as the moon wanes
And empties itself of light,
I too, shed the lights of society.
Donned to impress, attract,

The glittering mask,
Of my social self,
Is left at the door
To the party.

I run into new-moon dark,
No longer held by the
Bright silver circle of society
But free to explore the vast heavens,
I delve deep
Into the spaces between
The stars

The moon does not diminish,
When no longer circumscribed
By sun’s reflected light.
Matter mingles with spirit,
Flows out
Into the night-
And so do I.


  1. breath taking imagery.
    romantic and heartfelt...

    Thanks for sharing it with potluck poetry.
    keep rocking.

  2. Some captivating imagery, particularly of the night, here. Lovely piece.

    Warmest Salad

    Luke x

    (mine are here -

  3. Thank you Jingle and Luke. lol, I did wonder about including the 'cavorting beasties.' I remember reading that is how the inventor of the micorscope, van Leeuwenhoek, described microbes when he first saw them, and I thought that was a delightful phrase.
    And Luke, I did really enjoy your sonnet from the above list. I'll check out the others as well.

  4. Lovely picture you conjure up here, the difference between the party you and the other you. Very moving.

  5. I really enjoyed this, Mary. I'm so aware of the effects of the moon's cycles. When I was a student they tried to debunk the moon's influence as a myth, but as a nurse I've seen the effects in labor rooms, emergency rooms and especially in the behavior of persons with dementia. Also on my own creativity.

  6. Thank you both!

    Jessica, I wanted to break down a bit firther the day/night, work/play thing, and I came up with the social play, and the more personal, imaginative type.

    Live2write, I know the moon's cycle affects students in the classroom too! And I think it especially affects us women, although, never having been a man, perhaps that's not valid! This makes me think of the Pink Floyd song about the moon, "...everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." I love that tune.

  7. Nice to "discover" so many thought provoking poets. I am new to blogging but love what I am finding here. Your poem makes me glad I am exploring the world of blogs. Keep writing!

  8. Hey, thanks so much! I started this blog as part of a New Year's resolution, but just 'found' the writing prompts and community too. Glad you 'stopped by' :o)

  9. Amazing imagery fills your piece finding its way to serenity. Well written.

  10. "matter mingles with the spirit / flows out"

    Some great imagery here.
    Good job.

  11. I really enjoyed your images here. You have some wonderful lines: "I have been out with the full moon, out with the revelers" is just a wonderful line to start with!

  12. Thank you! I have always been rather nocturnal - just love the night sky.

  13. "matter mingles with spirit"....lovely line and the moon is forever bright within...blessings...bkm

  14. Thank you bkm, blessings to you as well!

  15. Potluck week 12 awards/treats, Enjoy

    Thank you a ton for the lovely contribution!
    Happy Friday!
    See you next time!