Poem of the Day: Moon
Aug 7th, 2017 by

Last night, when the moon
slipped into my attic room
as an oblong of light,
I sensed she’d come to commiserate.
It was August. She traveled
with a small valise
of darkness, and the first few stars
returning to the northern sky,
and my room, it seemed,
had missed her. She pretended
an interest in the bookcase
while other objects
stirred, as in a rock pool,
with unexpected life:
strings of beads in their green bowl gleamed,
the paper-crowded desk;
the books, too, appeared inclined
to open and confess.
Being sure the moon
harbored some intention,
I waited; watched for an age
her cool gaze shift
first toward a flower sketch
pinned on the far wall
then glide down to recline
along the pinewood floor,
before I’d had enough. Moon,
I said, We’re both scarred now.
Are they quite beyond you,
the simple words of love? Say them.
You are not my mother;
with my mother, I waited unto death.

Source: Poetry October 2012

Kathleen Jamie

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Poem of the Day: Moon Missing
Apr 17th, 2017 by

I was so worried the hickory I recognized
had died from salt burn in the last hurricane
I may have passed by vervain and apple haw
like they didn’t matter, but this spring
it put out seven shoots from its base.
Still, the oldest trick is the moon missing,
then the “new” moon appears,
though we know it’s the old one, and we pretend
to be taken in like the mother or baby
behind the bath towel.
Really it’s the moon winking,
being the stone that holds stones and now footprints.
And when I tell Frances, I see she is a moon
motionless in the doorway, skin reflecting
a lamp, a face that awakens on paper.
Allan Peterson, "Moon Missing" from Fragile Acts. Copyright © 2012 by Allan Peterson.  Reprinted by permission of McSweeney’s Publishing.

Source: Fragile Acts(McSweeney's Publishing, 2012)

Allan Peterson

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Poem of the Day: The Moon Has a Head But No Body
Jun 9th, 2015 by

So why assume [she]
Is cold why not
Assume drunk
"Legless"
Can keep up pretty good though
With your car in the rural night
You are a passenger
Your left leg lolls and
Your friend reaches a hand
Across the emergency brake
Which points now at the base of
The gearstick shaft
And can point at its head
But nowhere else
Thus does not
"Speak"
And unless overused abused is
Reliable
Whereas anyone can misunderstand
Or willfully misinterpret the
Point and represent
Are very different (Moon!)
6am and the snow
Sent enough light upward
For this window to
Transmit and permit
My seeing
I heard more than I saw
I understood less than I heard
I was well read compared to
But not compared to
I begin to feel warm in
My crotch, as if a wodge
Of moist electric blanket
Were stuck in there
And my friend was not
Riding on the other side of the brake
—I mean emergency—he is not
Fox-hunting and on
A horse in a novel
In which the brake
Is a strip of greenwood
He is downstairs  the coffee's
Made  but he ignores
My text   He works alone
And I will have to go down there

Catherine Wagner, "The Moon Has a Head But No Body." Copyright © 2015 by Catherine Wagner. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.

Source: PoetryNow (PoetryNow, 2015)

Catherine Wagner

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