28 January 2018

Moon Beams

Jacob's Dream  by William Blake (c. 1805)


Gold moon plumps out and waxes into blue
and super and most bloody while it lifts
and ripples wrinkles on old ones' faces.

Each trough holds broken stars and spent seashells
Each cheek a beach to lounge on after love
Each countenance a changing tide of care.

Pendulum moon force! We wrestle with you
all night and day, you Jacob’s ladder for
humans to ascend and slide down again.

But this night a cloud covers and weakens
your glow, and I catch my singular breath
for a span while you pull and push my soul.

And watching your eclipse, I’m an old crone
at river’s edge, skipping one last stone, alone.



 For my  "Midweek Motif ~ Moon"  which will open Wednesday at Poets United. Wednesday will be a super blue full-moon eclipse.

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2018 Susan L. Chast



3 comments:

Sherry Marr said...

Oh my goodness! My new favourite of yours. I love the trough holding broken stars and spent seashells....and those closing lines really speak to me. A fantastic poem! I so love it.

Mary said...

I agree with Sherry. A fantastic poem. The last couplet...a strong and perfect ending.

Sumana Roy said...

A most wonderful moon poem! Words so magically blend with the art work. The closing couplet touches and moves me so deeply.