POEM – Mother Moon

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As a young woman, I enjoyed walking alone at night looking at the moon and stars – until a scary encounter stopped my nocturnal wandering.  I wrote this as an expression of my frustration and sadness that I no longer felt safe enough to do so…

You send forth your milky
sweetness. Your silvered completeness
flowering for me to see.

You beacon the black night –
rounded in your contoured clearness,
powered to pull the sea.

You throw your welcome wide –
weaving spells of magic madness,
creating wells of tragic sadness
for those stranded in your tide.

You’re feared by the male mind –
your allure and maternal mildness
mistaken for a pretanatural wildness
by those who’d scorn womankind.

Oh Mother Moon, me and mine
are shuttered and trapped,
muffled and sapped,
our answering tune
strangled to a whine.

So, I shall never see dew-jewelled grasses
dance silvered, and gleaming in your milky tide.
For I am afraid to take the chance-

and instead
I press my hurting head,
against the chilly pane,
yearning for your silky touch –
in vain.

moon

7 responses »

  1. Wow. That’s absolutely beautiful, Sarah. And I truly felt the ache and yearning in the last three stanzas, that feeling of something you love being taken from you out of fear or powerlessness. It strikes me in the same way your oasis poem did.

    On a related note, I’ve had an affinity with the moon since I was 12 or 13, so I feel a sort of connection with it too. 🙂

    • Thank you, Sara. I’m so glad that at long last I managed to get the poem sorted out! I wrote it a long time ago, brimming with frustration and grief and it was a rather wordy, declamatory effort that somehow missed the mark. Another source of frustration… Some good friends in a writing group helped me prune it back so it finally expressed what I wanted it to say.
      It is amazing just how emotion looking at the huge beautiful disc hanging in the sky can evoke, isn’t it? Maybe it is because we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Moon’s presence.

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