Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Moon Speaks

This is my response to the latest Random Acts of Poetry at High Callings Blog
http://highcallingblogs.com/blog/rap-coming-home-to-voice/2255/
It's an exercise in taking on another voice, so I am speaking as the Moon.


THE MOON SPEAKS

Moved by the rhythms of my bondage
I twist my face away
Lest you see my frozen tears
Forbidden in waterless wilderness.

Can I sulk across the sky?

The stars do not speak to me
In alien cold glory,
For I lie too close to earth:
The glorious seductress
In dazzling shades of life.

First I look, then turn away.

Yet while I dance my great ambivalence,
There is one from whom my face can never turn,
Glory bright and constant
Whose wonder holds me fast;
Beauty that enthrals me through the singing years.

This I must worship,
Offering my humble rock to light.

They tell me that I shine.

6 comments:

L.L. Barkat said...

Lynne, so pleased to see your poem! Two lines that captured me especially...

"Can I sulk across the sky?"

and

"They tell me that I shine."

Welcome to our poetry celebration. :)

Milly said...

so good

Marcus Goodyear said...

I like the "alien cold glory" and "lie too close to earth." But most of all, I like the hesitance of that last line:

"They tell me that I shine."

It is rich and suggestive, a bit like the last line in T. S. Eliot's poem Journey of the Magi (http://www.ishk.org/school/poem/poem_013.html): "I should be glad of another death."

Marcus Goodyear said...

I like the "alien cold glory" and "lie too close to earth." But most of all, I like the hesitance of that last line:

"They tell me that I shine."

It is rich and suggestive, a bit like the last line in T. S. Eliot's poem Journey of the Magi (http://www.ishk.org/school/poem/poem_013.html): "I should be glad of another death."

Marcus Goodyear said...

Crud. How did I double post?

Kansas Bob said...

"There is one from whom my face can never turn"

..amen to that Lynne!